In today’s gospel story, we have Jesus’ first miracle, His first “mighty deed” which turns out to be what we call an exorcism, He drives out an unclean spirit. The people in the synagogue don’t know Jesus’ true identity (“the Holy One of God”), but the demon knows. Throughout the gospel of Mark, people will be concerned on finding out the true identity of Jesus. We got a glimpse at His baptism; we get a glimpse in today’s gospel story; but, in Mark, we won’t be fully informed until at the cross when the centurion says, “truly, this was the Son of God” It is the cross; always the cross. We been called to follow Jesus and to share His authority. What the people in the synagogue saw and heard is also available to us each time the Gospel is proclaimed: it is breaking “good news.” Will we listen? Will we go away unchanged or will we really listen, learn, and be transformed by the breaking “good news” of who Jesus really is?