"The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law." (Mark 1:22)
Have you ever thought about how many "controls" you have? For the TV, alone, I have 3 "remote" controls. Then there is the garage door opener, the other TV and several "timers" for lights to come on. Isn't it interesting how many we have when we stop and think about it. The ones I think of first are the ones that are "remote" and that I can use to - maybe(!) - control something. Recently, on Facebook, there was a post about "remote" controls, for the TV, from the 50's. Yup, the picture was of a child, at the TV, with his hand on the dial. So....... with a remote are we "in" control?
Jesus, in the Gospel reading this morning, is starting his ministry. He is teaching and people are "amazed" at the "authority" with which He speaks. (v.22) In just a few verses Jesus commands and an "evil spirit" obeys. (v. 25-27) The people are even more "amazed" about the "authority," "giving orders" and being "obeyed." (v. 28) Are we listening to the authority Jesus is still speaking with? Are we even listening? Or are we trying to remain in "control" of what is happening?
As Caregivers there is a lot that needs to get done each, and every, day. The usual "routine," the schedule of activities and the unexpected "interruptions" all need to be taken care of - which is probably why we feel the need to "be in control." Thankfully we can, when we remember(!), rely on Jesus' authority AND His being in "control."
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