A deep impression
Jesus and his disciples went as far as Capernaum, and as soon as the sabbath came he went to the synagogue and began to teach. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority. (Mark 1:21-22)
We hear so much these days about fake news, as some people try to manipulate us, create a false picture of a situation, mislead and try to change the way we see the world, and so often for negative purposes. Our perception of reality can sometimes become quite warped. From where do we get our authoritative news? As Jesus begins his public ministry we see him teaching with authority. It is a teaching which we’re told makes a deep impression upon his listeners. As Christians, we need a deep love for the teaching of Jesus in the pages of the Bible, to listen to his words, to hang on his every word. May our hearts be opened to his teaching today so that, like his Capernaum congregation, they may make a deep impression on us too.
Lord God, help us to listen to the teaching of Jesus. May his teaching have a deep impression upon us, and draw us closer to you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.