February 3, 2020

A Tale of the Macabre

Jesus with the disciples had been teaching by the sea. Having left in the evening and sailing at night they arrive in a new territory, where upon landing, they encounter a possessed man coming from the tombs or caves of the dead on the shore.

It is night; a madman often in chains breaks through his shackles and walks the hillsides and the tombs. He cries out speaking through the power of the evil spirits within. Seeing Jesus, he bows down in front of him.

The man or what’s left of him speaks his name, “Legion,” as though to communicate that he has within him many demons and asks Jesus to rid him of these evil spirits. The demons speak begging not to be sent away but rather dwell in the swine nearby. Jesus sends the demons into the large herd of swine who then rush into the sea and drown—a cinematic projection to the 21st century mind but to the eye witnesses of these events, this was still a startling power and one that should be feared.

The cured man is sent back to his family to be a witness and as for the others, they begged Jesus to leave for what explanation could be given for such power? Here was a man who certainly would be a threat to any of their pagan beliefs and best to send him on his way.

As strange as this story comes to us, we too will send Jesus on his way for whatever our gods may be. Here is one who challenges us. If we truly accept Jesus for who he really is, we then can no longer compromise. We have to surrender ourselves and our false beliefs and get into the boat with the Christ.

Let Us Pray:

Lord, rise up and save us from our false beliefs.


Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)


About Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament and a parishioner at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio.