Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 6, 2004
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our new book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the Rev.
Dr. Sandra Bochonok
Please get out your Bible and read the Gospel and Dr.
Bochonok's meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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When Jesus came to the other side, to the country of
the Gadarenes, two demoniacs coming out of the tombs
met him. They were so fierce that no one could pass
that way. . . .Then the whole town came out to meet
Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave.
Matthew 8:28, 34
Tormented people experience Jesus the Healer in this
powerful story found in its entirety in Matthew 8:28-
34 and in Mark 5:1-17. Both gospel writers were
deeply impressed with this event. Matthew mentions
two demon-possessed men. Mark only mentions one.
But the numbers are irrelevant. It is a profound
story of mental anguish, inner violence, insanity,
and loneliness. Life is forever changed but at
significant economic cost for the local community.
The Healer sends the tormenting evil spirits into
the large herd of feeding pigs. The entire herd then
rushes into the water. They drown. The pig herders
rush into town and tell their news. And the entire
town goes out to meet Jesus and see the situation
for themselves. They beg Jesus to leave their region.
Perhaps we need healing ourselves but fear the cost
of following Jesus. Or perhaps we have ample
resources and wish to keep them for ourselves,
rather than alleviate the sufferings of others.
I am amazed at the value of a human life. Jesus
was willing to travel out of his way to meet those
who needed healing. He was approachable to those
who suffered deep inner torment and inner violence.
He is just as approachable today.
God, where are we in this story? And what are we to
do with Jesus in our lives? Amen.
Grace and peace,
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