“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?” (Mark 1:23).
The presence of Jesus, God incarnate in the world, is the first glimpse of the renewal of creation. He is what a human being is meant to be, and wherever he goes, the new reality radiates from his being. Entering the synagogue in Capernaum, he sets off alarms in the unclean spirits in the possessed man, who know that real authority is about to expel them. Something new and decisive has occurred in the order of things, and they are the first to realize that God’s Spirit is taking back the world.