4th Week of Ordinary Time (4th February, 2019)
First Reading: Heb 11:32-40
Gospel: Mk 5:1-20
Today’s miraculous event of Jesus curing the demonic posse’s man and allowing the demons to enter the herd of pigs raises a lot of doubts and questions in the minds of the listeners. A demon possessed person is one whose mind comes under the control of the evil spirits. This event gives a strong witness to the fact that Jesus is the master of demons too in the sense that in the spiritual warfare between Our Savior and the Satan’s effort to destabilize and demoralize the human, it is ultimately Jesus who will win over. This leads to the fact that Jesus not only relieves the demonic man out of the evil spirits but also has the power to allow the demons to enter the herd of pigs.
This miraculous cure indeed has a strong lesson for us to learn how a demon possessed person once healed demonstrated true faith and repentance of a changed heart and begged Jesus to be allowed to follow Him. On the one hand there were a few who despite being able to see the signs of Jesus never repented but always remained unchanged in their old ways. They remained stubborn in the old disposition and continued to remain in sin. It is in fact, a story of the saved and unsaved. The sign of the saved person is true repentance and allegiance to be with Jesus. The demon possessed not only expressed his faith orally by begging Jesus to be allowed to follow Jesus but also obeyed His commandment to go home to his family and announce to them all that the Lord in His pity had one for him.
This miraculous cure then calls us for responding to the grace of God in our own lives. Such miracle may not happen to us personally or directly but we are called to respond to what we see the goodness or God’s grace at work in others life. The grace of God is at work in each moment of our live and others to. Only a few are able to realize it. This is what Jesus would say, “You have ears yet you don’t hear and you have eyes yet you do not see”. It is time for us to realize with our eyes and ears open to what God does for each of us and others. Amen.