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Faith Daily | 31 January 2022

PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p 533


O Lord,

you have taught us

that all our doings without love are worth nothing:

send your Holy Spirit,

and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,

the true bond of peace and of all virtues,

without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.

Amen.


GOSPEL for the Day: Mark 5 : 1-20

They came to the other side of the lake, to the country of the Gerasenes. 2And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him. 3He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him any more, even with a chain; 4for he had often been restrained with shackles and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the shackles he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. 5Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always howling and bruising himself with stones. 6When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him; 7and he shouted at the top of his voice, ‘What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.’ 8For he had said to him, ‘Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!’ 9Then Jesus* asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He replied, ‘My name is Legion; for we are many.’ 10He begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11Now there on the hillside a great herd of swine was feeding; 12and the unclean spirits* begged him, ‘Send us into the swine; let us enter them.’ 13So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and were drowned in the lake.


14 The swineherds ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came to see what it was that had happened. 15They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. 16Those who had seen what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine reported it. 17Then they began to beg Jesus to leave their neighbourhood. 18As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. 19But Jesus refused, and said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.’ 20And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.

GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Michelle Chapman


Tears rise in my eyes when I read about the man chained hand and foot but still no one could subdue him as he continued to struggle free. What physical agony and emotional pain the man continued to experience as he cried out and cut himself with stones.


And then the man saw Jesus and he fell on his knees shouting to Jesus calling out “Jesus, Son of the Most High God”. Jesus said to the man “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”


The rest of the story is astounding as Jesus speaks to the “impure spirit” whose name was Legion as “we are many”. Such knowledge can induce fear but we must not be afraid. Jesus, Son of Most High God, had total control of the spirt/s and controlled the situation totally by giving permission to the impure spirits as they “came out and went into the pigs” nearby, numbering about 2,000, all rushing off a cliff to be drowned.


Jesus told the man to “go home to your people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how he has had mercy on you”. We must do the same, Praise the Lord daily for his mercy and love. Pray for those we know in pain and struggling.


FINAL PRAYER: APBA p556


Breathe on me, breath of God….

turn my fear into trust

make my trust give me confidence

to love as you call.

Breathe on me, breath of God….

turn my self-sufficiency into dependency

on the only one who can truly save –

Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Breathe on me, breath of God….

turn my plans into prayers for your will

and willingness to join your Holy Spirit

in the making of your Kingdom.

Amen.

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