Apparently, I'm going through a darker phase right now, or at least inhabiting the penumbra between faith and fetish, a frequent habitation. I know I'm better not to be resting her, but it's a place that's somewhat comfortable, at least from familiarity.
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
He taught as one having authority (Mk 1:22)
The people recognize Jesus as a prophet, one who speaks in the Lord's name. But they are astonished, for apparent to them is that he is not merely a prophet: he does not teach as one granted authority, but one who has authority, in and of himself. So he not only speaks in the Lord's name, he is the Word made flesh, the very voice of God. This is the voice that "flashes forth flames of fire and shakes the wilderness" (Ps 29), so it is no wonder they're astonished. Actually, where our text has "astonished," alarmed is a closer translation.* If Jesus is the voice