Sunday, January 29, 2017


MONDAY, 4th Week in Ordinary Time

January 30, 2017 - MONDAY, 4th Week in Ordinary Time



Heb 11: 32 - 40 / Mk 5: 1- 20



     They arrived on the other side of the lake in the region of the Gerasenes. No sooner did Jesus leave the boat than he was met by a man with evil spirits who had come from the tombs. He lived among the tombs and no one could restrain him, even with a chain. He had often been bound with fetters and chains but he would pull the chains apart and smash the fetters, and no one had the strength to control him. Night and day he stayed among the tombs in the hillsides, and was continually screaming and beating himself with stones.


     When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell at his feet, and cried with a loud voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus son of the Most High God? For God's sake I beg you, do not torment me." He said this because Jesus had commanded, "Come out of the man, evil spirit," And when Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" he replied, "Legion is my name, for we are many." And all of them kept begging Jesus not to send them out of that region.


     Now a great number of pigs was feeding on the hillside, and the evil spirits begged him, "Send us into the pigs and let us go into them." So Jesus let them go. The evil spirits came out of the man and went into the pigs, and immediately the herd rushed down the cliff and all were drowned in the lake The herdsmen fled and reported this in the town and in the countryside, so all the people came to see what had happened.


     They came to Jesus and saw the man freed of the evil spirits sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the same man who had been possessed by the legion. They were afraid. And when those who had seen it told what had happened to the man and to the pigs, the people begged Jesus to leave their neighborhood.


     When Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed begged to stay with him. Jesus would not let him and said, "Go home to your people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how he had mercy on you."



     The Gospel reading tells us how Jesus freed a man with evil spirits.


     Have we ever experienced a man possessed by the devil, as in the Gospel story? Most probably not. But surely we have experienced people full of anger and hatred, envy, greed and lust. We have also seen ourselves in anger and hatred, with envy, greed and lust.


     These are signs of the evil around us, of the power of the devil and evil spirits. We ask God to "deliver us from evil," "from the evil one." We need faith and perseverance to avoid sin and to fight evil in our lives and in our society.







Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 


Have a good day!



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