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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Looby

Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time (2024)

"What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!"

This scene from the Gospel of Mark brings us face to face with a profound truth: even the "demons" of our world know who Jesus is, and they recognize His authority. 

In the Gospel, we see a possessed man, under the influence of an unclean spirit, acknowledging Jesus as the Holy One of God, reacting with fear and awareness of His power.

This acknowledgment is not limited to the spiritual beings we read about in the Scriptures. The metaphorical "demons" that plague our modern lives – be it addiction, violence, social injustices, or mental health struggles – are also known by Jesus. 

He understands these challenges and hardships that we face, and His power extends over them.

"When all else fails, turn to Jesus!"

The unclean spirit's recognition of Jesus highlights a fundamental truth: there is no challenge or negative force, whether spiritual or metaphorical, that is beyond Jesus' understanding and authority. 

This recognition by the unclean spirit is a testament to the ultimate power of Christ over all forms of evil and hardship.

St. Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, contrasts the anxieties of worldly life with the peace found in devotion to God. 

This teaching aligns with our understanding that in the face of life's "demons," our focus should be on Jesus, who comprehends and has authority over all our struggles.

"When all else fails, turn to Jesus!"

Knowing that even our metaphorical "demons" are known by Jesus and are subject to His authority, we are called to turn to Him in our times of need. 

When we face challenges that seem insurmountable, when we struggle with the burdens of life, our response should be to turn to Jesus, trusting in His power and guidance.

As we journey through life, let us be mindful of this truth. Let's bring our struggles, our fears, and our challenges to Jesus, confident in His understanding and His authority over them. 

In moments of doubt or despair, remember that even the "demons" recognize who Jesus is, and in Him, we find the strength to overcome.

"When all else fails, turn to Jesus!"

Let's hold onto the reassurance that in every circumstance, especially when all else seems to fail, our refuge and our strength lie in turning to Jesus. 

May this truth empower us to face our challenges with renewed faith and bring us closer to the heart of Christ. Amen.

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