What is Discipleship? – Pastor Dave Online

12th January 2021, 


Heb 2: 5-12;

Ps 8: 2, 5-9;

Mk 1: 21-28.


Jesus’ life, through his words and actions, made an impression on people around him. Hence, he was always followed by huge crowds. The passage of the gospel today narrates how Jesus made an impression in two ways on the crowd that followed him and listened to his teaching. First of all, the people were amazed at his authoritative preaching and sublime wisdom. Secondly, when they saw in what manner he cast out the evil spirit, they were wonderstruck, and they exclaimed, “Here is a teaching that is new and with authority behind it!” This means that he not only evoked in them surprise and awe, but an understanding and a realization as well. He wasn’t just a novelty, or a circus act for them to clap for and move on. They began to feel the need of a change in their lives. They began to realize the importance of his teaching and to attend to it with attention and seriousness.

We, who have received the gift of faith and the grace to know the Lord, are invited to the same experience – to be moved beyond awe, towards an active desire for transformation. We answer this call through a passionate commitment to reading and reflecting on his life as narrated in the Scriptures. Following Jesus and modelling our lives accordingly will help us inspire others to know the Lord and to follow him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

In the first reading, the author of the letter to the Hebrews reminds us of the exalted dignity of Jesus, far above the angels. In taking on human flesh, he has united us all with that exalted dignity that is his. “For the one who sanctifies, and the ones who are sanctified, are of the same stock.” Modeling our life on his therefore, is a privilege only we humans enjoy and which angels can only admire. May our life of discipleship inspire others to embrace this privilege as well.

Responsorial Psalm: You have given your Son power over the works of your hands.

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