Prayer – Lord Jesus, set me free in the power of your name.
Imagination: (Picture the possessed man coming to Jesus and his disciples.)
Although this story seems strange, biblical scholars agree that it happened. (Although it probably is two stories joined together). Jesus began his ministry to Israel with an exorcism. Now, as he reaches Gentile territory for the first time, he again performs an exorcism.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
When they came to the country of the Gerasenes, Jesus got out of the ship and was met by a man with an unclean spirit. He had been living among the tombs and could not be constrained even with chains, for he had pulled them apart and smashed them. Day and night he was among the tombs, crying out and cutting himself.
Seeing Jesus afar off, he ran up and adored him. Crying out, he said, “What have I to do with you, Jesus, Son of the most high God? I adjure you by God that you do not torment me. He said this because Jesus was saying, “Unclean spirit, come out of the man.”
Jesus asked him “What is your name”. He answered, “My name is Legion because we are many.” And they asked Jesus not to drive them far from this region.
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- The devil loves the tombs, where all is death.
- The man’s state is horrendous. He is lonely, insane and self-destructive.
- When Jesus arrives, however, he senses that he can find freedom and new life.
- The devils know that Jesus possesses greater power and that they are about to lose their control.
- Since Jesus has authority, they must admit that they are a legion of devils.
- They are helpless. Soon, they will surrender their resting place.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, without you I am as good as dead to all that you have created.
- My life would have only loneliness, endless torture and anxiety.
- But you came into my life. Your light pierced my darkness and I came to you.
- Lord, your power is greater than my demons. In your name, I am free.
- O Jesus, I run to you. I see in you a light of hope.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
- I will not lose hope in facing the darkness of despair.
- I will call out to Jesus to use his power.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)
Seeing Jesus, afar off, he ran to him.