How many times do you hear: I never go to Mass, I’m a good person, but I don’t follow any faith or “religion” but I’m “Spiritual”.
The bigger question is, what “Spirit” are you following? If you’re not following Jesus Christ, then you need to ask yourself this question. The reason we are Christian is the fact we follow Jesus Christ. We do what He tells us to do. Especially in regards to “obedience”.
Todays gospel reminds us that the devil, who is also “Spiritual” knows Jesus Christ to be the Son of God. All “Spirits” know Him. The evil ones are the ones who refuse to follow Him. They do everything in their power not to follow Him. They do not believe Him. To “Believe” means to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so. Thus we “Listen” to what He tells us to do, because we know it to be the correct path. We do it because we love Him.
Ask yourself again, what “spirit” am I following if I am not following Jesus Christ?
At the end of the gospels, all of them, by the end of our Lords ministry, all the Disciples of Christ, know who He is. “Who do you say that I am?”.
When we seek Him, we can find Him. We desire only to stay with Him. In “Communion” with Him. To receive Him and for Him to receive us. To love and serve Him. In all that we do. He makes it known, He is with us, in love. Without a doubt. His presence we encounter in the Holy Eucharist, becomes His presence in us, that we may share Him with all we encounter.
“Gospel, Mark 1:21-28
21 They went as far as Capernaum, and at once on the Sabbath he went into the synagogue and began to teach.
22 And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority.
23 And at once in their synagogue there was a man with an unclean spirit, and he shouted,
24 ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’
25 But Jesus rebuked it saying, ‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’
26 And the unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions and with a loud cry went out of him.
27 The people were so astonished that they started asking one another what it all meant, saying, ‘Here is a teaching that is new, and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.’
28 And his reputation at once spread everywhere, through all the surrounding Galilean countryside.