“What is there about his word?” is the reaction of Jesus’ onlookers. He speaks and acts with an authority which is different from the scribes and Pharisees with whom they are familiar. The power of his word drives out evil spirits. What do you imagine he sounded like?

Throughout our day, there are a myriad of voices that clamor for our attention, and through prayer and reflection we must pick out the voice of the Lord. This is the voice which strikes us as trustworthy, and which always reminds us that God is our Creator and our ultimate End. Pray for the grace to hear it!

—Michael Lamanna, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the U.S. Northeast Jesuit province, just completed his philosophy studies at Loyola University Chicago.