1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of Gerasenes. 2 And when he had come out of the boat, there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 who lived among the tombs; and no one could bind him any more, even with a chain; 4 for he had often been bound with fetters and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the fetters he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out, and bruising himself with stones. 6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped him; 7 and crying out with a loud voice, he said, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me." 8 For he had said to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!" 9 And Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He replied, "My name is Legion; for we are many." 10 And he begged him eagerly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; 12 and they begged him, "Send us to the swine, let us enter them." 13 So he gave them leave. And the unclean spirits came out, and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and were drowned in the sea.
14 The herdsmen fled, and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And they came to Jesus, and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the man who had the legion; and they were afraid. 16 And those who had seen it told what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine. 17 And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their neighborhood. 18 And as he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19 But he refused, and said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and all men marveled.
Daily application of the gospel
How to apply today’s gospel, particularly the healing of the possessed person? I would like to invite you all to look at the demand of Jesus to this person and apply this demand as if Jesus is addressing to us now. First of all do we feel that we are touched and healed by Christ? Jesus is asking each and every one of us to have a witnessing life, not in a foreign land, rather in our own house, village or city, in the office or in the school.
This ‘witnessing life’ doesn’t come from our knowledge, nor from the book, not even from the sacred books, not from what we have learned, heard or even seen. This life is the fruit of our inner experience, the spiritual experience, the divine encounter, our personal relationship with the Lord. Unless and until we are connected to this inner experience, we can’t have a witnessing life. This man has experienced this personal healing.
For a man of God, every human encounter is a divine encounter. Every time he or she listens to others, or felt touched by their gesture or act or of a word, they feel the very presence of God, echoing very deep in them. They feel in themselves the warmth of God’s presence. It is in this inner experience, their life is transformed in to a life of action of grace, filled with gratitude and mercy. They need not force themselves to give witness, their life itself will be a witnessing life.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
The God-Man beheld, by Gregory of Nazianzus (330 - 390 AD)
"Yes, he is recognized by demons (Luke 4:33-34, Mark 1:23-24), drives out demons (Matthew 8:16, Mark 1:34), drowns deep a legion of spirits (Matthew 8:32; Mark 5:9,13; Luke 8:30,33) and sees the prince of demons falling like lightning (Luke 10:18). He is stoned, yet not hit (John 8:59; 10:31,39); he prays yet he hears prayer (Matthew 8:13; Mark 1:35). He weeps (John 11:35), yet he puts an end to weeping (Luke 7:13; 8:522; 23:28). He asks where Lazarus is (John 11:34) - he was man; yet he raises Lazarus (John 11:43-44) - he was God." (excerpt from ORATION 29, ON THE SON 20)