Do you feel safe and secure in your life? Things are always changing in our world, people lose jobs, get promotions, a disaster happens and you have to move, you fall in love and move away. There is always going to be change, but how do we embrace this change, with fear or with joy and desire? Perhaps feeling too safe and secure is what's causing the decline in Church attendance. People feel to safe in their bubble of people they trust when going to mass, and don't reach out, or encourage a friend to come along. Faith has become a difficult topic to discuss, and many tend to avoid it because of that. The true challenge for us, being disciples, is to break those boundaries and step out of the comfort zone. Jesus tells us in his parables, he's come to help the sinner, the unbeliever. If we are to replicate his love and disciple ship, we too must step out and help the unbeliver.
Today's Gospel states:'They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Ger'asenes. And when he had come out of the boat, there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who lived among the tombs; and no one could bind him any more, even with a chain; for he had often been bound with fetters and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the fetters he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out, and bruising himself with stones. And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped him; and crying out with a loud voice, he said, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me." For he had said to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!" And Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He replied, "My name is Legion; for we are many." And he begged him eagerly not to send them out of the country. Now a great herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged him, "Send us to the swine, let us enter them." So he gave them leave. And the unclean spirits came out, and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and were drowned in the sea. The herdsmen fled, and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. And they came to Jesus, and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine. And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their neighborhood. And as he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. But he refused, and said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decap'olis how much Jesus had done for him; and all men marveled' (Mark 5:1-20).
In today's Gospel, we hear how Jesus heals this man, and how the man just wants to go with Jesus. However, instead, of letting him follow, Jesus gives him an even greater command. He tells him to go home and preach the good news. Before we can be at peace with God again, we need to do whatever we can to help others see the graces God's love gives us. Take some time to ask God to help you face this greater challenge, to share the good news to the world.
Today's prayer comes from 'Dr Greg Frizzell' a prayer to embrace the Burning fire of evangelization in faith:
Holy Father, we praise You for the gift of Your Son to a lost world. Please fill us with a burning passion to pray for and witness to the lost. Cause our eyes to weep for souls that we may reap in joy. Fill us with holy resolve to aggressively evangelize and do outreach. Teach us to use all possible tools for reaching the lost. Empower us as burning witnesses unto Your Son. Grant to us a fiery zeal for missions and planting churches. Please forgive us when we have so little concern beyond “me and mine.” God, give us a passion for missions giving, missions going and missions praying. Grant to us a burning passion to pray for, support and do missions at home and abroad. Fill us with that same passion for going into all the world. Amen.