Bishop’s Homily 4th Sunday, Year B.
In today’s gospel we see the people of Capernaum recognizing Jesus as a great teacher different from the many other teachers they were used to. His teaching made a deep impression because, unlike the scribes, He taught them with authority. They exclaimed, “Here is a teaching that is new and with authority behind it”.
As His first public action, Jesus appears as a reliable teacher, someone whose teaching and word could deliver people from their demons, i.e. forces that were oppressing them and diminishing their dignity. As a result His authority was found attractive and it left a deep impression to an extent that they started asking what all that meant.