In the time of Jesus, words were important. Without modern media and in a culture where literacy was at a premium, the spoken word was the only sure means of communication. Words could command, they could instruct, they could heal. The spoken word revealed one’s inner power, one’s character.
The people who heard Jesus teach and saw him heal in today’s Gospel story from Mark 1:21-28 were said to have been astonished and amazed by the authority of his teaching. So compelling were Jesus’ words and actions that the news about him could not be contained; it spread quickly throughout all of Galilee. Over two thousand years later, the news about Jesus continues to spread as we participate in sharing the Good News of Jesus with others in our words and in our deeds. May our lives be a testament of the power and authority of God at work.