St. Christopher the Martyr Catholic Church
309  Manson Avenue, Metairie, Louisiana 70001
Phone:  504-837-8214
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“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?”
Mark 1:21-28
Focus on the Gospel
January 28, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
      Capernaum was a small town on the northeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee where Simon
[Peter] and his brother Andrew operated their fishing business in partnership with Zebedee, father
of James and John.  Archaeologists have found what they believe to be the synagogue in the town,
and next to it, the home of Simon.  When confronted by Jesus, the “unclean spirits” in the man in that
synagogue challenged him to declare and reveal his identity and authority.   Jesus was reluctant to
do that, but he commanded the “unclean spirits, “Quiet, come out of him.”  The people were amazed.  
Do we harbor “unclean spirits” such as ingratitude for all God has given us and failure to
demonstrate our appreciation for all that we are, all that we have, and all that we ever will be by
using everything to the best of our ability for ourselves and for others?  Despite all God has revealed
to us through Scripture and tradition, do we demand that Jesus further reveal himself to us before
we let him drive out those “unclean spirits”?  If we would only let Jesus heal us, people would be
amazed.  We would be amazed.
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“I Myself will pasture My sheep;
I Myself will give them rest.
The lost I will search out,
the strays I will bring back,
the injured I will bind up,
and the sick I will heal.”
Ezekiel 34:16
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