Monday of 4th Week of OT A

Legion—Name of the Unclean Spirit

A person who is possessed by demons cannot control of himself. He often roams around the unclean places and the tombs. At night, he often cries out and hurts himself among the tombs and the hillsides where not many people come. This leads him to isolation among his mankind. He finds no freedom because of being bound by shackles and chains. He often loses his identity.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus expelled a demon named Legion out of a man. As soon as he saw Jesus coming to him, he prostrated before Jesus and cried out in a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me!” Jesus and demons had nothing in common. Demons knew exactly who Jesus was, and they knew that Jesus had power over them. They begged Jesus not to hurt them nor took them out of the possessed man.

Jesus came to restore what was lost, healed the sick, cured the disease, and expelled the demons. After expelled the demons out of the man, they caught him sitting with clothes on and in a right mind. He then followed and asked to follow Jesus, but he didn’t allow him and said to him, “Go home to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity has done for you.” Jesus restored his human dignity and brought him back to the society. In restoring him to normal, he charged him to spread the good news that the Lord had pity on him.

Have you and I ever been possessed? Maybe, not like the man reported in today’s Gospel, but if we examine ourselves, there might be time(s) that we might be possessed by demons. Just as the man cannot control himself and often bruised himself, has there been time(s) that we allowed what is addiction(s) taken control over us to drink in excess, to overdose with drug, to liar and to cheat others, to hurt others in words and in deeds? Just as the man often isolated himself away from others to stay around the tombs and the hillsides, have you and I ever isolated ourselves away from others to commit what is watching pornography, having lustful thoughts and actions either with ourselves or with other(s)? Some of us might not even be able to control these addictions. Some people might not even want to get closed to the Lord Jesus especially to attend Mass or to receive Communion at Mass. The Lord Jesus is very near to us, but are we allowed him to get closed to us? Are we allowed him to expel demons out of us? Decision is yours.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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