They went to Capernaum; and when the Sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” vss. 21-22Mark 1:21-24
Capernaum was the hometown of the first disciples and Mark tells us that on the Sabbath they all went to the synagogue. Because he was evidently known by the leaders there, he was asked to teach, and the people were astounded. Unlike the scribes he didn’t focus on various interpretations of the law, but presented what to their ears was entirely new material. And he spoke in an authoritative way, implying that what he said mattered, and should be taken to heart. Even though Mark doesn’t mention the content of Jesus’ teachings we have access to them in Matthew and Luke, and many of us continue to be astounded by what he told the people. It isn’t that he offers a new set of laws, but he offers guidelines for living that are unparalleled. Those who take his teachings to heart find meaning for their lives by loving unconditionally and regularly engaging in acts of sacrificial service. In so doing they discover the truth of what Jesus promised in Matthew. “Everyone, then, who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” What a blessing it is to still have access to the wisdom of Jesus! In his words we learn the way to just and joyful living!
Thought for the Day: What teachings of Jesus have I taken to heart?