Proper 7/Ordinary 12 2016 – Luke 8:28-29

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Luke 8:28-29 When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me”–for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.)

In Mark’s version of this healing (5:1-20), the villagers had given up on shackling him because of his strength.  He would howl on the mountainsides at all hours and bruise himself with stones.  But this poor man living in the first century was a danger to himself, and maybe even to others.

Healer God, our ability to help our brothers and sisters is so great today.  Help us to recognize pain in those around us, and grant us the wisdom to know how we can help.  Amen.

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