Wednesday 4 July 2018

About Today Readings

Amos 5:14-15, 21-24. Psalm 49(50):7-13, 16-17. Matthew 8:28-34.

To the upright I will show the saving power of God—Psalm 49(50):7-13, 16-17.

‘Let justice flow like water, and uprightness like a never-failing stream!’

The story of the demoniacs presents a picture of the Lord as one who rescues us. As strange and dramatic as this scene was, perhaps even more strange was the reaction of the community.

You would think that they would have marvelled at Jesus’ ability to heal two people.

Were they angry? Did they value their herd of pigs more than people?

Instead of perceiving Jesus as a person who exercised God’s merciful power, they saw him as a threat.

Rather than experiencing peace in Jesus’ presence, they felt anxiety and fear. Many of us do the same.

As we open ourselves to trust in Jesus, we ask that he will help us really come alive.

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