June 22

Luke 8:26-34

“When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, ‘What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me’–” vs. 28

According to our sources, whenever Jesus encountered people possessed by demons, the evil spirits recognized him instantly and saw in him a power that was greater than their own. Sometimes they called him by name, an effort to control the situation. Jesus in turn named them, the first step in bringing healing to those possessed. His tactic continues to be effective as we struggle to deal with the massive numbers of people dealing with psychological and emotional issues in our society. They’re all around us, some wandering the streets talking to themselves and asking for money, others doing their best to mask symptoms as they move through the day. Before we can do anything to help anyone, we have to name the demon. Most of the time our preference is to do nothing. We ignore the folks on the street corners with their cardboard signs. We cover up the addictions and stress disorders of those close to us, hoping they’ll just spontaneously heal. Jesus had compassion on such persons, called out the demons, and brought peace to troubled souls. We may consider ourselves too sophisticated to even believe in demons, but evidence of their existence is all around us. Keeping silent is really no solution when so many people are hurting!

Thought for the Day: What do I believe about demons?

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