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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Today's Gospel has Jesus expelling an unclean spirit and leaving all in the synagogue in Capernaum asking one another:
What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him." 
Jesus taught with authority and He taught the truth. The people were astonished at his teaching. We have the Gospels that contain the heart of the teachings of Jesus. Are we able to be receptive and to practice what Jesus taught us, especially about forgiving one another and loving others as Jesus loves us?
Sunday is a good time to reflect on how we are pleasing Jesus by our daily lives. Since it is also the last Sunday of the month, take some time today to review your New Year resolutions. How have I kept them during this first month of the year. Let us not be discouraged if we have failed but remember that the fact that we are having a hard time keeping them means they are good resolutions, ones that we really need. Let us keep on with courage. Jesus sees all our efforts and blesses them.