Meditation of the Apostolic Nuncio, Apostolic Nunciature, New Delhi, Tuesday 1 September 2020
Gospel: Luke 4:31-37 
In today’s Gospel we can see the facts more closely: the admiration of the people because of the way Jesus taught and the cure of a man who was possessed by an unclean spirit. 
Jesus goes to Capernaum. Neither indignation at their treatment, nor displeasure at their wickedness, caused our Lord to abandon Judea, but unmindful of His injuries, and remembering mercy, at one time by teaching, at another by healing, He softens the hearts of this unbelieving people, as it is said, And he went down to Capernaum.
For although He knew that they were disobedient and hard of heart, He nevertheless visits them, as a good Physician tries to heal those who are suffering from a mortal disease.
The first thing that people perceive is that Jesus teaches in a different way. It is not so much the content that strikes them, but rather His way of teaching. Now the Jews supposed Christ to be one of the saints or prophets. But in order that they might esteem Him higher, He passes beyond the prophetic limits. For he said not, “Thus said the Lord,” but being the Master of the Law, He uttered  things which were above the Law, changing the letter to the truth, and the figures to the spiritual meaning.
The first miracle is the expulsion of the devil. The power of evil took possession of people, alienating them. Jesus restores the people to be themselves again, giving them back consciousness and liberty. He does this thanks to the force of His word. 
Jesus not only has a different way of teaching the things of God, but another aspect which evokes admiration in the people is His power over unclean spirits. Jesus opens a new path so that the people can place themselves before God to pray and to receive the blessings promised to Abraham. Now, purified by faith in Jesus, people could once again place themselves before God and pray to Him, without needing to have recourse to the complicated norms of purity.