Have you ever held some form of authoritative position? Perhaps through work, a manager position, a leader in camp, a teacher? Each position that we take of authority brings about a new learning experience, helping us to grow as leaders, and also as a part of a community of people, regardless that position we take. We take on roles of leadership as a part of our nature, our inner design as people created in God's image and likeness. We were created to strive, to be disciples who learn and seek the Good News, and then share that news with others as disciples, taking on leadership roles, some even greater than others. This ties in with having a vocational call, be that Holy Orders, Marriage, living a Celebrate life and fulfilling God's will in other ways. We are all called to take leadership roles in our faith, even if you can't quite see what this role is quite yet. Where are you being called through discipleship?
Today's Gospel states: 'And they went into Caper'na-um; and immediately on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, "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." But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, "What is this? A new teaching! With authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him." And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee' (Mark 1:21-28).
Today's reading talks about how Jesus taught the people, with authority and greater power than any scribe or priest would have, as he healed the sick and called out unclean spirits. This is one of the things that amazed the people most about Jesus, that he knew God's will, speaking with authority that only could come from God. We are each called to replicate Christ in our role as people of God. In order to be disciples who take authority and become evangelical, we need to do more than attending mass alone, but taking time each and every day to learn more about our faith, through prayer, reading Scripture, being active in our faith community. Take charge and become a disciple who moves the world, in whichever vocation God is calling you to. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you learn to take charge in your faith, and be a leader.
Today we pray:
Thank You for making me in Your very image and likeness. Help me to constantly be discerning Your will for my vocational call, and how You plan to use me in my role as a disciple.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.