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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Wednesday of the 13th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

July 4, 2018

Wednesday of the 13th Week in the Ordinary Time


Gen 21:5, 8-20,

Gospel MT 8:28-34


When Jesus came to the territory of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met him. They were so savage that no one could travel by that road. They cried out, "What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?" Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding. The demons pleaded with him, "If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine." And he said to them, "Go then!" They came out and entered the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea where they drowned. The swineherds ran away, and when they came to the town they reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs. Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him they begged him to leave their district.

 

Jesus has complete power over any of the evil spirits and demons

 

Today we have a rather strange story of Jesus curing two demoniacs. The strangeness is in that the demons recognise the divinity of Jesus and they ask Jesus to expel them into the herd of pigs nearby. The reaction of the people is also rather strange. The setting of the miracle is the land of gentiles near Gadara.


At the outset itself, the curing demonstrates that Jesus is the Son of God acclaimed even by the demons. He has power over all the worlds. He has absolute power over the world of evil spirits and over Satan who controls it. The ultimate power is in the hands of Jesus.


Recently a Hindu Lady who is much educated and is a doctor came to meet me. She said that she felt that she had been possessed by the spirit of a sadhu. The spirit is tormenting her telling her different things into her mind. She trusts that Jesus can cure her! Rather than going to Hindu temples and Babas for a cure she prefers to come to church and pray to Jesus. Some years ago when I was in a school, a girl who was studying in 5th standard stopped coming to school. When I called the parents they came to the office with the daughter. They said that the girl had been possessed by Mataji. In my presence in the office itself the girl started exhibiting signs of possession. Some people may say that these are some kinds of Para-psychic activities and need to be treated by a psychiatric. May be or may not be. But one thing is certain that there is a world of spirits and it tries to influence humans. I may appear to be quite naive in this argument, but that is what we see in Bible.


But Jesus has complete power over any of the evil spirits and demons. With a single word “Go”, he sent them out and brought those two men to normalcy. There is another thing that attracts our attention in the description. Those two men were residing among the tombs. Tomb was the place of the ‘dead’. In any town the tombs were outside the city, away from the people and their dwellings. So symbolically speaking they were equal to dead. By curing them Jesus brings them back to life, because he is the Lord of Life.


What is my condition now? Am I living or am I dead? Am I under the influence of spirits? Different kinds of evils are ruling over our minds. We are also slaves of many spirits. Craziness after power, greed for money and possessions, Lack of love and concern, Cruelty, addiction to tobacco and alcohol, addiction to pornography…. The list of spirits that have made us slaves is long. Let us come back to Jesus. Only he can cure us of our addictions to the spirits. He is the Lord of Life; He is the Lord of the Universe; He has the ultimate power. Remember we have Jesus and His Spirit with us to strengthen us.


Dr. Martin Mallathu CMI


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