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On Today’s Gospel..

Posted: February 4, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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If a demoniac with a multitude of unclean spirits can prostrate before the son of God most high, how can we do any less? Why do some of us continue to dress inappropriately at the Eucharistic celebration? Do we hide our irreverence behind words like God knows my heart? Do we gossip, talk and distract our brethren from prayer and participation, before, during and after the Eucharistic celebration while we are still in Church?

Physical restraints are useless when we are bound mentally and spiritually by our sins, why do we allow ourselves to be subject to them? Our many vices, lust, greed, rage, gluttony even unforgiveness keeps us enslaved, why not cry out to our Lord for help to break free? Evil cannot touch us if we are one in Christ, why do we choose to cross over? Why do we give in to our temptations for fleeting happiness or gratification? Do we not realise by now that the devil and his minions takes delight in our captivity? Terror to them is no longer being able to toy with us and take control of every aspect of our lives! Will we not fight against such evil?

There are times we witness good which can come out from evil only through the grace of God, do we ponder His mighty deed? Do we learn from it? Do we give praise and thanks? Or are we seized in fear instead?

We have all been given different gifts, talents and means to serve the Lord, but together as one we can give powerful testimony of God’s wonders, mercies and love in our very own lives. Glory be to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end. AMEN

GOSPEL Mark 5:1–20

Jesus and his disciples came to the other side of the sea, to the territory of the Gerasenes. When he got out of the boat, at once a man from the tombs who had an unclean spirit met him. The man had been dwelling among the tombs, and no one could restrain him any longer, even with a chain. In fact, he had frequently been bound with shackles and chains, but the chains had been pulled apart by him and the shackles smashed, and no one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the hillsides he was always crying out and bruising himself with stones. Catching sight of Jesus from a distance, he ran up and prostrated himself before him, crying out in a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me!” (He had been saying to him, “Unclean spirit, come out of the man!”) He asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “Legion is my name. There are many of us.” And he pleaded earnestly with him not to drive them away from that territory.

Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside. And they pleaded with him, “Send us into the swine. Let us enter them.” And he let them, and the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine. The herd of about two thousand rushed down a steep bank into the sea, where they were drowned. The swineherds ran away and reported the incident in the town and throughout the countryside. And people came out to see what had happened. As they approached Jesus, they caught sight of the man who had been possessed by Legion, sitting there clothed and in his right mind. And they were seized with fear. Those who witnessed the incident explained to them what had happened to the possessed man and to the swine. Then they began to beg him to leave their district. As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed pleaded to remain with him. But Jesus would not permit him but told him instead, “Go home to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity has done for you.” Then the man went off and began to proclaim in the Decapolis what Jesus had done for him; and all were amazed.