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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 15, 2018

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MONDAY, October 15

Luke 8:28 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.”

He was filthy. One shoeless foot was blackened and thickly callused. He barked incoherent utterances. A woman exiting the train gave him an unopened bag of chips. “Thank you, and God bless you,” he said. For a moment, this subway demoniac was “made whole.”

Demons cause self-destructive behavior in their victims, making them feel trapped in their condition and separated from their victims. No wonder, then, that the Gerasene Demoniac’s existence is so hellish. 

We don’t experience demons as described in this story, but we have them nonetheless: mental illness, substance abuse, alcoholism, phobias. In acknowledging that any of us can have demons, we might understand the Gerasene’s overwhelming isolation and despair.

Jesus exorcises the evil spirits out of love for the man, rather than from his will to torment the demons. Jesus meets the demoniac at the level of this man’s deepest need—and, in love, casts out his demons. 

Can we allow Jesus’ love to banish our demons too? 

MOVING FORWARD: Is there an area of deep need in your heart? How can you invite Jesus into that space? 

PRAY for the Diocese of Ikwo (Nigeria)

Ps 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7 | Micah 7:1-7 | Acts 26:1-23 | Luke 8:26-39

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