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Mark 1:23-27
Tuesday, April 24 2012

Unclean Spirits...

More than simply healing the body, Jesus also healed many souls:

In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are - the Holy One of God!"

Jesus rebuked him and said, "Quiet! Come out of him!" The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.

All were amazed and asked one another, "What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him." -Mark 1:23-27, NAB

Even with the many signs and miracles that Jesus was performing, many people still did not understand who He was, but this unclean spirit knew.  For this reason, the unclean spirit feared Jesus, and knew to obey Him.

This first century exorcism may not seem very applicable to our lives today, but we can still learn from it.  While we may not need to have unclean spirits exorcised from our bodies, each of our souls could use a good scrubbing once in awhile, and Jesus is the soap and water.

Sin stains our souls, but there is a way to become clean again.  Through the Sacrament of Confession, which draws its power from Christ's sacrifice on the cross, we can turn to God to wipe away the stains that would otherwise leave us unclean.  We can clean our spirits with the gift of Reconciliation.

Christ has the power to drive unclean spirits out of our bodies, and He also has the power to wash away our sins.  Each time we experience His forgiveness through Confession, it is a miracle in itself.  Let Christ's healing power wipe away the stains that are holding you down and let the beauty of your spirit shine through.

 

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