Humbly submit your will to God (thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
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. Mk 5:1-20
Today, we see a man possessed. Just by the sight of Jesus from a distance he runs up to Jesus and lays prostrate. Then, he reveals who Jesus is, ““What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?” Jesus has pity on him and releases the unclean spirit from him. Later, the man wants Jesus to stay with him. Jesus tells him and all of us that He must go and our mission is to, ““Go home to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity has done for you.” What pity has the Lord done for us? We killed God and He came back with loving forgiveness. Our mission is to die to ourselves/our ego and put on Christ. When someone sees us word and action, do they see Christ? God has given us a chance to be other Christ’s through Baptism. What a great challenge!
“In Baptism, Christ grafts Himself onto us” says Bishop Barron. We have an identity as child of God, never lonely, receiving Divine life within us through the Holy Spirit in the sacraments through the power of Jesus dying and conquering the Cross, resurrecting, and giving us a new life. We must bring this Good News to the our families, parishes, communities and the whole world. What an opportunity! We only have one life to live (which God gave us) YOLO, we better do it right (Christian YOLO)! Put on the armor of God and be ready to fight, it will be one heck of a ride!
Today’s challenge: Start making a conscious decision to commit yourself to Christ each day through Mary, prayer, coming to God’s grace, fighting sin, doing good deeds, and being a good example. Learn about Fr. Kapuan and how he lived his life in service to God and others.
Be a servant, become a saint!