Healing of Demons


Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 433 Lk 4:38-44 and Lk 4:31-37 (from Tuesday)

There are a couple of quick things that can be  discovered quite readily in these readings about Jesus’s healings first of the Demoniac at the synagogue and of the healing of  Simons mother in law. First the town that these took place is at Capernaum and that they involve the synagogue. Jesus is preaching and healing those of his own religion, his healings are directed towards the Jewish and not the Gentile. While his message might have been rejected at Nazareth there is a favorable reception to it here. Secondly, whenever either the persons Jesus has healed or the crowds recognize Jesus as “the Son of God” Jesus rebukes them. Jesus does not want to draw attention to himself as the Son of God or Messiah: to do so would endanger him, his mission and his disciples. Messiah movements were known to occur throughout the region and were quickly dealt with by the Roman authorities. His mission is to spread the word, and in fact after observing his healings of demons the crowds wonder: “They were all amazed and said to one another,”What is there about his word?”” They recognized his authority through his word, and through his word they were healed.

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