Father in heaven, my heart is hungry for your
word. I believe that you want to speak a word of hope to me today. How good it would be if I were to
see myself and my future as you do, but at least I do trust in you. I wish to take up your challenge
to be holy, whatever the cost, and I am confident that you will accompany me closely and help me
with your grace.
Lord Jesus, help me to abandon myself to your
1. A Hopeless Situation?
The man possessed by a legion of
demons seemed to the people around and perhaps to himself a hopeless case. Living there alone amidst
the tombs, he could not help but harm himself, gashing himself against stones. Nobody could help him
by restraining him. In our lives with God, some seemingly unsolvable situation may exist, perhaps
some sinful state we got ourselves into, but from which we cannot seem to extract ourselves. Or we
experience that we are always falling into the same sins, the same biting impatience, the same
laziness, the same sensuality. Friends and family seek to help us, but we don't have the will to
change. Instead of rectifying the situation, we just make a pact with a kind of modus vivendi,
saying to ourselves, "We can only live as best as we can." But the result is that that one demon has
multiplied in me and become a legion of demons.
2. Jesus Has Power:
encounters the possessed man. The scene is intriguing: the man runs to prostrate himself before
Christ, while at the same time the demons show fear and beg Jesus not to be harsh with them. How
consoling to know that no situation can escape Christ's power to straighten it out. It is also
consoling to know that Jesus wants to free us from the power of the devil, from any sinful state in
which we find ourselves. We can always turn to Christ to ask to be healed because no one is ever so
sinful or so possessed to be totally repugnant to God's love. Certainly, we may fear that Christ's
medicine may hurt, but we need to trust that the spiritual "treatment" is worth it. The treatment
may be an honest and thorough confession, a brutally sincere self-examination, or the breaking-up of
an unhealthy relationship.
3. Transformation into a Witness:
Imagine the cured
man, still with the scars of his gashes, but now in his full senses. What an amazing sight! It
brings us to our knees in thanks to Christ for his power and mercy. Of course, the cured man is
overwhelmed by the transformation. He gives no thought to going back to "ordinary" life. His
thankfulness makes him want to accompany Jesus, his friend and savior. However, Jesus gives him a
mission, sending him to his family and friends to tell the story of how Jesus cured him. Wherever
the cured man goes, he will proclaim the marvels the Lord has done in him. When we experience
absolution from our sins in confession, does our thanksgiving cause us to proclaim the power and
love of Christ to our family and friends?
Conversation with Christ:
you have set me free and kept me from so many
vices and demons, addictions and grudges,
indifference. You have given me the grace to know you and
choose you. I want to thank you for your power and mercy
towards me. I resolve
to be a witness to your great love
among my family and friends.
I will witness to some healing that the Lord has worked in my
life with a friend or family member.