The Epitome Of Authority
Merriam~Webster defines the word authority as: the power to influence or command thought, opinion or behavior; a convincing force.
Listening to today's Gospel, we can see how these definitions apply to Jesus. Through His teaching in the synagogue He was able to influence the thoughts of those who heard Him; they no longer listened to the scribes because they were amazed by what they heard from Jesus, He was for them, a convincing force.
The unclean spirit recognized Him as the Holy One of God, and Jesus had power and influence over this spirit. Jesus is the epitome of true authority.
How does this transfer into my own life? Do I allow Jesus' words, works and teaching to influence my thoughts and behaviors? Am I amazed by Him, so much so that I listen only to His voice and not to the scribes of this world? Has Jesus become the convincing force in my life and does my life convince others of Him?
When I am finally able to honestly answer yes to these questions, I will have submitted myself over completely to Jesus' loving and powerful authority.
I want to submit myself to You completely. Help me to humbly recognize You as the authority in and of my life so that I may live according to Your teaching. May my life in You convince those around me of Your existence. May I always be amazed by You.