Posted by: livingscripture | January 30, 2012

Fourth Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“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 had 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”

                    Mark 5: 15-17                                                                                             

How should we live this Word 

This is a disturbing episode.  Here was a man entirely prey to demonic powers, subjected to dramatic vexations, both physical and psychological.  He had become a danger to himself and others.  The battle between Jesus and this evil entity is very strong.  The Savior is recognized by these demons as ‘the Son of the Most High.’  Jesus frees the man who returns to normal, to his dignity as a person, to peace.  However, the entire legion of demons asks Jesus to allow them to migrate to a herd of swine that was near the sea, which Jesus allows them to do.  The herd of swine is possessed and agitated by the demons and goes headlong down the cliff and into the sea where they all drown.  Now there are two realities on the scene: the man restored to himself, his life, and his dignity in perfect harmony and a herd of swine drowned in the sea.  The man is the living praise of God with an eternal destiny while the pigs are the equivalent of a lot of money that is lost along with them.

In the next scene we see the agitation of the Gerasenes in regard to Jesus.  They are not desirous that He remain with them to help them grow into full human freedom.  Rather, they want Him to leave right away because He might further damage their affairs and threaten their possessions.  At another moment, Jesus will say that we cannot serve both God and wealth.  Truly, attachment to riches and things impedes our interior gaze from seeing with God’s vision in the joy of the Kingdom.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on my priorities.  Where does my heart lie?  Am I avid for possessions and money or am I taken up with spreading the Kingdom of God on earth?

Lord, help me to free myself from imprisonment to material goods and even people.  Help me understand that to be and to love mean freedom and growth. 

The voice of Lev Tolstoy, Author 

Money only represents a new form of impersonal slavery in place of the ancient personal slavery.

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