Thank God for the ground-breakers! Those people who do things in a new way, show us how things can be done differently whether comedians and singers, writers and film directors, actors and artists, and scientists. Quite often, they may not be appreciated straightaway, perhaps followed only by a small group of people who see their potential, who are excited by what they see unfolding before them. Sometimes, it can take years for someone to be appreciated for their ground breaking work, and some aren’t appreciated until after their death. What do those in today’s reading from Scripture see that is new or ground breaking in Jesus? Certainly, they are glad to hear this new teaching and delivered with such authority. Perhaps, for so long, they had tired of the same old tedious people ‘spouting off’ and whose words fall to the ground like sterile seeds. Yet here, they see even so called “unclean spirits” obeying Jesus’ orders. Jesus’ though did not come to undo the age old teaching of the People of Israel. He was clear that he came to fulfil it. But people are beginning to wonder who he is. Interest in him is growing. This wandering teacher seems to be doing something new, something different. Soon, they will discover the heart of his message: the love of God. And we all know how ground-breaking love can be!
God our Father, through your Holy Spirit may we be attentive to the words of your Son. May we accept his teaching, follow his example, and bring his love to the world. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.