Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

Do We Live Under the Authority of Jesus? Tuesday 1st Week Ordinary Time


Breakfast with the Word Tuesday Week 1 in Ordinary Time of the Year

 Mark 1:21–28


Authority is the right someone has or a right that an institution holds to enforce or expect obedience from others. 


Someone in authority has legal qualifications, the right to judge and administrative guidelines for people to obey. 



When an Authority speaks, his words are binding and demands obedience. Mark says today that Jesus speaks with authority. This left everyone in shock and amazement that even the evil spirit trembled. 


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The Authority of Jesus Over Everything.



In the gospel, Jesus and his disciples go as far as Capernaum, and as soon as the sabbath comes, Jesus goes to the synagogue and begins to teach.



 His teaching makes a deep impression on them. Mark writes that, unlike the scribes, Jesus teaches them with authority.



Then, in the synagogue, there is a man under the possession of an unclean spirit. Immediately the evil spirit encounters Jesus, the evil spirit shouts

“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”.



But Jesus hardly cautioned the spirit immediately, ‘Be quiet! come out of him!’ And the unclean spirit throws the man into convulsions, and with a loud cry, the spirit goes out of him. 

This astonishes the people, and they start to ask each other what it all means.



In verse 22, the people were “astounded at his teaching”. This notion of amazement is a strong word.

It almost has the connotation of putting people into shock or even panic. Such was the strength and power of Jesus’ Authority. 




People begin to say “this is a teaching that is new and with authority behind it”

They were astounded that Jesus gives orders even to unclean spirits, and they obey him.’





The likes of this had not been seen before! Evil spirits go into panic and shock just at the mere presence of Jesus. 



The evil spirit confesses who Jesus is and immediately submits to His authority when Jesus commanded it.  



The point we have to know here is that an unclean spirit knows who Jesus is and immediately submits to His authority. But the people who are still confused about His personality were left at the level of astonishment. 




Can you think with me that we are the ones who have refused to live under His Lordship?

Can you think with me that we do not obey what God says? Do we truly live under His authority? 

If we do, we will obey whatever God says. If we live under His authority, following God’s word will not be a burden to me.




Whenever Jesus speaks to the mountain, it obeys, when He speaks to the trees and storm, they obey. 

When He commands and speaks to evil spirits, they jump out immediately, but when He speaks to the Pharisees and Jews and people around Him, they only wonder, and some attack Him. 




Today, when He speaks to us, we neglect Him totally but come back to say we love Him. The man with an unclean spirit was freed when the spirit obeyed and left. 



Our freedom from sin, satanic bondage, depression etc. will come only in total obedience to the Word made Flesh.



Secondly, if we live under the authority of Jesus, we will always choose to love Jesus despite the problems and challenges. We will always choose Jesus every time, every day and every moment. We will always respect and show Jesus more adoration. 




The people who encountered Jesus today were filled with awe because of Jesus. This is because they encountered Him. 

When we truly encounter Him, our homage for Jesus will increase. We will love Jesus more than everything.

So, the question we have to ask ourselves is “do truly live under His authority?




When One In Authority Speaks.



When one in authority speaks, his words demand nothing but simple obedience. Do we truly live under His Authority? 


Do we accept His lordship over us? Today we see God as nothing. Because of the desire for worldly things, we do not care again whether He exists or not. 


Jesus has authority over every created thing. We can see that every other thing created hears him and obeys. The only creatures that disobey Jesus are me and you. 



We have refused to live under the authority of Jesus. Therefore, only human beings that hear about him, feel astonished at what they heard, they may clap hands for the preacher and yet go back to square one.

Let us accept Jesus wholeheartedly and listen to Him.


May God have mercy on us dearest, and give us the grace to overcome all temptations drawing us away from God. Amen.



  1. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, God fill with the Holy Spirit to inspire us to always overcome all temptations that will truncate our relationship with you.

  2. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says


    1. Golu Chetachukwu Angela says

      Amen 🙏 I pray for the grace to obey God’s word and stand by it always.

      1. Nwoye Ngozi says


  3. Henry says


    1. Ani Chinonyelum says

      Well done Padre.

  4. Onukwugha Florence says

    Lord Please, give me the Grace to overcome every temptations drawing me back from worshipping you.Also,make me to Live under your authority in Jesus name Amen… Thanks for this inspiring and encouragement messages.. God bless and keep you..

  5. Onwubuya Patricia says

    My husband died on 24th December 2021
    Burial and funeral to be successful
    Declare I and All my Household Saved, Healed ,Blessed, Protected, Victorious over our Enemies, Tribulation, Affiliations
    Empower us to live Righteous life, prayerful,
    Testimonies, Miracles, Longer-life

  6. Munachimso onuoha says

    God please have mercy on me and give me the grace to overcome all temptations drawing me away from me in Jesus might name i pray amen

  7. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. Thank you Father.

  8. Adesanya Ayodeji Mary says


  9. Ofoma Onyedikachi says

    Lord I’m sorry for not not living under your authority. Help me 🙏😭to obey and keep your words. Amen 🙏🙏🙏9

  10. Emmanuel ChimezieChidoka says


    Thank you padre. May God continue to bless you.

  11. Angela Madu says

    We want to be obeyed, but it is difficult for us to obey. This really shows that man is difficult to control.
    Being obedient brings a lot of good things into our lives, that is, it pays to obey..While disobedience has nothing good to offer us.
    Therefore let us today choose the one to do, to obedient or to be disobedient.
    May God Almighty help us in Jesus name. Amen

  12. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre

    1. Christian says

      Amen🙏 thank you for your inspiration message,may God gives us the grace always for us to except our mistakes and do his will 🙏 amend.

  13. Blessing Iortsugh says

    Amen and Amen,more grace fr.

    1. Ighekpe Agbodesi Winifred says

      Amen, thanks so much Padre

  14. Blessing Chilo says

    Give us the grace Lord to put all worldly pleasures behind us and submit fully to your Authority through christ our Lord Amen

  15. Harriet says

    Oh Lord may I always hear and obey u

  16. Adichie Chizoba says

    Amen and Amen

  17. Onuora Judith says


  18. Peter says

    Thank you So much Fr
    God bless

  19. Anyiam Cornelia says

    Lord help to be obedient to You and let today’s reflection of Your words continue to ring as a bell in my heart always, through Christ our Lord, amen.

    1. Maryann obiano says

      Amen,God bless you Fr for always inspiring us with the word of God

  20. Mbewu Scholastica Ezinne says


  21. Ibeawuchi Ugochi says

    Father give me the grace to always obey you at all times through Christ our Lord. Amen

  22. Ijeoma Ugorji says

    To be under God’s authority does not necessarily entails working for God but walking with God. Being under God’s authority gives us the privilege to exercise our position as the children of God and live a life under the influence of the holy Spirit thereby allowing God take control of all that concerns us.

  23. Nwoye Ngozi says


    1. Helen says

      That we will always stay united to/with You against all odds Lord,🙏

      Thank you Padre for all you do, more grace 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  24. Gloria Azuka Obiora says

    Lord God may your words we hear everyday bring us more closer to God and give us the grace to abide by them

  25. Ifeoma Ugwueze says


  26. Adeline Chidimma says

    My God and my Lord please help me to avoid occasion of sin through Christ Our Lord Amen

  27. Ugwu Obianuju says


  28. Amara Beluonwu says

    Amen!!! Dear Lord I want to encounter you in such a way that I will only do your will, that you will have absolute authority over my life… AMEN!!!

  29. Precious says

    Amen!!! I pray for the grace to accept the authority of Jesus in our lives. Amen


    Amen…God please help me to live under your authority.

  31. Otokpa Elijah says

    Oh Lord grant me grace to accept your authority over my life always. Amen

    1. Gabriel-Martin says

      Amen Fr

  32. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Thank you Father.

  33. Chisom Egwudike says


  34. Chibuzor says

    Oh Lord Make me to obey ur authority

  35. Ada Ndubuisi says


  36. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Thank you Padre
    Oh Lord,am very sorry in any manner or ways I didn’t listen to your authority.pls,help me and my household to always listen and obey your authority. Amen
    I also pray,oh Lord by the power of your Mercy and Grace,I command all my infirmities, diseases,unfruitfullness, infertility childlessness, barrenness etc to listen and hear the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, May they all in there numbers leave my body,my home and family now and forever. Amen

  37. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says

    Amen… May God help us to always obey Him

  38. Michael Jones says

    Amen,God bless & protect you father.thanks

  39. Ogechi Anugwom says


  40. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says



    Give us the grace father to show how much we love and adore you by obeying you. Your grace is all that we need. Amen

  42. Carmela U. E. says

    Amen! & Amen! Thank & God bless you Fr. May God have mercy on us for all our disobedience to his words/authority.
    May he give us the grace to turn back to him & always obey his Commands irrespective of whatever situation that compels us to draw away from him, Amen

  43. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen. Thanks father

  44. Ibeawuchi Monica says


  45. Mbama Christiana says

    Lord give me the grace to always recognize Your presence in my life and desist from whatever that will jeopardize my relationship with You. Amen

  46. Kubiat says

    Lord give me obedience to your word. Take away from me all forms of doubt and bring me closer to you. Amen

  47. Anthonia Okonkwo says

    Amen. Help me to listen and obey you Lord. Amen.

  48. Peter Anthony Dodoh says


  49. Nwabueze chioma says


  50. Thres Rock says

    God give me the strength to overcome fear and be able to have authority of being with always and stand out from fear and anxiety.

  51. Eme Cecilia says


  52. Joy Chidiogo Ikeoha says

    Amen. God have mercy, Christ have mercy

  53. Okwuchi Juliet says

    Amen 🙏

  54. Anujue Ifeanyichukwu Godwin says

    Lord Jesus, help me with Your grace to submit myself to Your authority.Amen

  55. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen, may God grant us the grace to be able to live and follow his teachings and authority

  56. Obika Chidimma says

    Amen, thanks Fr.

  57. Dr Chinwe Agwoilee says

    Lord God! Whatever will make me not recognize/accept Your Lordship; whatever will debar me from living in Your Authority; whatever will keep me away from adoring You; I reject it in Jesus’ Mighty Name!

  58. IKPO Maryann says


  59. Kaycee Omeke says

    Thank you Fr

  60. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    Lord give me the spirit of complete obedience to your authority. Amen

  61. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen. Thank you Padré

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