January 30, 2017
St. Mark tells many stories of Jesus’ exorcism of demons from people. But the story of the Gerasene demoniac is even more intriguing than most.
Catching sight of Jesus from a distance, he (the demon possessed man) 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!” Mk_5:1-20
First, it’s always interesting how the demons in the possessed people always recognize Jesus as the Son of God, and clearly understand the power that He holds over them. They reverence Him and plead mercy from Him. This is the same in all the exorcism stories.
It’s almost as if they have a sense of recognizing God, that we do not have. And having that sense, they also have a power over us that even a ‘strong man’ is ignorant to resist.
Having this blindness, we then become comfortable in our ignorance. We learn to live with the virus, the mold, the disease that’s eating us away, and we even loathe to lose it.
The Gerasene demons were comfortable with their host and the territory in which the people allowed them to inhabit. The people were comfortable with leaving the demoniac there, alone by himself, even to the extent that they allowed their swine to wander around where he lived. He might have picked off one or two of those pigs for dinner on occasion, but that was nothing compared to the thousands of pigs the swineherds owned. So they resisted anything that may have altered their “status quo,” even though the virus they were living with was slowly and insidiously eating them up.
So when it came to eliminating all of the demons themselves, the swineherds became very UNcomfortable because such an act may have cost them their whole livelihood. It may have cut into their comfort zones.
Does any of this sound familiar, brother and sister Americans? What may we be stubbornly resisting because of our comfortable acceptance of a disease that is, in reality, eating us up? Change always costs. What are we willing to give up in order to become better, to become stronger, to become the very best WE can be?
Think about it! Everything Jesus did was not always rosy to Every person! But everything Jesus did was according to God’s will. Sometimes getting better takes a little work!
Let’s work at it, beloved, together, with Jesus’ help!
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