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“What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?

I adjure you by God, do not torment me!”

When you see a homeless person do you ever wonder what was their life before being homeless? Were they leading a normal life before becoming slaves to addiction(s) or developing mental illness? Was their family life happy and well balanced or were they in a dysfunctional setting?

In today's Gospel, one cannot adequately understand or summarize the possessed man's fear, trauma, suffering or confusion as his life changed. He had a legion of demons in him and was violent, crying out day and night, and the townspeople feared him. The townspeople stayed away from him. Perhaps even his family.

And now Jesus made him normal. The demons cried out to Jesus to leave them alone. In Philippians 2: 10-11 St Paul reminds us, "So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Calling out the Name of Jesus is so powerful (Catechism 2668). Invoke it, pray it day and night.

If Jesus can transform this man who was possessed by a Legion (3000-6000) of demons, imagine what can be done for any of us. No one is beyond hope. We may have written ourselves off. Maybe we have written off family or friends as been unredeemable. There is always hope. Keep praying the Jesus Prayer, praying for ourselves and one another.

Perhaps we can be the one to give hope to someone that has been written off as unredeemable, hopeless, done with.

“I plead with you —

never, ever give up on hope;

never doubt, never tire and never become discouraged.

Be not afraid.”

St. John Paul II

1978 to 2005.

God Bless You


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