Grace to you!
A prayerful reflection on the dramatic story in Mark 5:1-20, where we read that Jesus drove out demons (legion) from a violent man, leaves one with so much to ponder.
Imagine being at the scene. The man who was possessed was a terror to many people in the neighborhood. Many times, efforts had been made to gag him and keep him in check. He had defiled all human mechanisms of physical control. He was a scary man.
Then the man Jesus comes on the scene. He looks so gentle and so calm. His words were spoken with the most gracious taste and compassion. One would think he wouldn’t kill a fly. Suddenly, the violent man runs up to Jesus. He prostrates before him, begging him not to cast him out; meaning, not to restore the violent to order.
It could’ve been a movie of an area as the people watched. The fact of the story is that it wasn’t the man who was speaking. It was the evil spirit tormenting this precious child of God who acknowledged that the Lord has come. The demon spoke what no one at the time had said publicly about the identity of Jesus—“Son of the Most High God.”
The evil spirit wouldn’t want anything to do with Jesus. Wouldn’t want to get in his territory either. It is evident for where the Lord is, there is no room for the evil spirit. When the right person is inside the house, the wrong person will be outside. When the Lord is in the house, evil is out. The Lord and evil are incompatible.
Did you notice that what no person could subdue, bows at the feet of Jesus? Saint Paul’s Letter to the Philippians beautifully writes, “knees bow at the name of Jesus” (Phil 2:10).
The same relates to you too. What human power can’t do, the Lord does through his word: “Say your word Lord” an army officer (centurion) told Jesus, “and your servant will be healed” (Mt 8:8)
There is a crucial element of the story I won’t ignore: When the Lord drove out the demons from the one who was possessed, the man may have felt obligated to remain with Jesus. The Lord tells him to go and tell the good news.
Any miracle, any blessings, any freedom granted to us by the Lord is for us to tell the good news of God’s saving grace to others. Our testimony is witness. The witness is powerful for others to be encouraged and come to the Lord and find salvation.
Do you have a testimony to share? Share your testimony of the Lord’s saving grace. The more you share, the greater the good news is spread and evil overcome.
Evil ceases to take the headline when the good is done; when the good is seen to have been done, and when the good is promoted. Tell and promote the good news.
May I ask: What news are you sharing today? Is it good or bad?
May we continue to be committed and loyal messengers of the good news. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Monday Week 4 of Ordinary Time: 2 Sam 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13: Mk 5:1-20]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.