Sunday, 1 February 2015

Slumdog Millionaire - 'He knows too much.'

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
Susanne Timpani (No.70)    
‘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.’ (Mark 1:21-28) under CCL

“Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”
18-year old Jamal was born and raised in the slums of Mumbai, India. Amazingly, he becomes a contestant on the popular TV show, answers every question correctly and works his way through to the million dollar question.

He knows too much.
Jamal was uneducated. How was it possible to know the answers? Believed to be a cheat, he is taken away by police and tortured in the hope he would reveal how he did it. As the film unfolds, the source of each answer is explained through flashbacks in his life.

He becomes a hero to the poor.
 He was ‘one of them’ and was confounding the rich and educated. On the final night, crowds gather outside shop windows to view the program and cheer him on.

Jesus was uneducated yet taught with authority. How did he do it?
When Jesus entered the synagogue he amazed people with his teachings. He taught with authority, yet he wasn’t a Scribe or Pharisee. He was uneducated, so how did he do it? Where did his authority come from?

It wasn’t the religious who cried out, ‘You are the Holy one of God.’
Eventually some people began to understand, but many did not.  Yet there was some who knew right from the beginning. In today’s reading we hear the declaration by an evil spirit. The human mind had trouble grasping who Jesus was, but the spiritual forces definitely understood.

Discovering Jesus can be a gradual unveiling. 
When I read through the Gospel of Mark, I can walk the journey of getting to know who Jesus really is for me. As I read the passages prayerfully, my spirit becomes open to the ultimate Teacher; the Holy Spirit.

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

Susanne Timpani

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