Posted by: livingscripture | January 29, 2018

Fourth Monday in Ordinary Time



Monday, January 29, 2018

Week Four of Ordinary Time


WORD of the DAY 

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… 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…” 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.    (Mark 5: 1-4; 6-9; 15; 18-19)

How shall I live this Word?

Today’s Gospel presents us with the healing of the possessed man of Gerasa.  Jesus arrived in the region, a pagan zone, and meets a man possessed by an evil spirit who is in a pitiful state.  He is an inhuman person, disordered, senseless, and violent, a man dispossessed of his noblest faculties and deprived of his human dignity. Jesus healed him and returned him to his dignity as a man: “They saw the demoniac, dressed and sane, he who had been possessed by the Legion.” Before the encounter with Jesus, the demoniac of Gerasa was therefore an alienated and violent individual, deprived of any human relationship, asocial and lost in a total schizophrenia. Mark dwells a long time on this description of horror.  But after the encounter with Christ, he regains his reason and rediscovers his true identity and dignity as a man, becoming capable of the personal relationships lost in the division by Legion.

It is important to note that the passage from diabolical possession to that of healing does not take place through humans (the people of the village had tried, but to no avail) but only by the power of the saving Word of Jesus.  Distinctive mark of the divider’s dominion ‘Diavolo’ is the alienation of man, that is the total loss of the relationships that make up the person in his depth. A distinctive note instead of the Kingdom of God is the reconstruction of human dignity in its relational freedom.

Lord Jesus, I beg you, give me the strength to never fall victim to the Divisor and the Legion, in the absence of human and spiritual relationships, but to always adhere to your saving Word!

The Voice of the Word of God

Your enemy, the devil, goes around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.


Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy




Comment by Fr. Ferdinando Bergamelli, SDB


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