Cycle B

Good News B10

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary time


Mark 1:21-28 New American Bible

Mark 1:21-28 Bible Gateway New International Version

 Mark 1:21-28 Contemporary English Version


Jesus Teaches in the Synagogue



††††††††† After people heard Jesus teaching in the synagogue, and saw him remove unclean spirits, Jesus became famous. People heard of Jesus everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee. He was a celebrity. People flocked to see and hear him.They wanted to be close to him.They wanted to learn from him. They wanted to be able to get rid of evil spirits like he did. He became very important to the people in Galilee.

Jesus is still important to people today. Jesus still amazes us with his powers to keep us away from sin. You can stop doing bad things over and over, if you ask Jesus to help you. He will stay by your side. He will be strong for you. He will send away everyone and everything that tempts you into doing wrong. He will teach you how to control yourself better.

While some were interested in learning how he did this, others became afraid of his power. Kings thought he might be more powerful than them. They didnít like that.

Many people today fight because they want more control, more power, more land, more money, more oil, more goods, more food.They want everything their way. They want their choices to be carried out.

Think about the last argument you had with someone.Was it because you wanted your choice to be carried out.Would this be Godís choice?

If you have left someone out of a game, would this be Godís choice?

If you hung up the phone on a friend when you got angry, would this be Godís choice?

If you went to bed angry, would this be Godís choice?

Sharing your last candy bar with a friend, would this be Godís choice?


Say the Our Father and ask God to share his power for good with you. Pray that all of your choices would be Godís choices.


ďOur Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.Amen.


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