ForeWords

First Sunday in Lent
Deuteronomy 18:15–20, Psalm 111, 1 Corinthians 8:1–13, Mark 1:21-28/1:19-25 IV

There are many different ways to say this familiar refrain: But we’ve never done it that way before. The Gospel-writer Mark offers us one of the more unusual and creative ways in this week’s Gospel lectionary reading:

They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, [Jesus] entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and 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.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing…

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