Deacon Jim Olson’s Homily – 2-1-21

323 2-1-21 4th WOT Mark 5:1-21

Jesus took pity on the man who was overtaken by a legion of evil spirits.  The destructive force of these demons is evident for all who can see as they flee and destroy a herd of swine.  After Jesus freed the demoniac the whole city came out to meet him. No one had demonstrated such power and authority against the forces of Satan as Jesus did. They feared Jesus as a result and begged him to leave them.                                 

Why would they not want Jesus to stay? Perhaps the price for such liberation from the power of evil and sin was more than they wanted to pay.                                                                                           

Jesus is ready and willing to free us from anything that binds us and that keeps us from the love of God.                                                                                                  

Are you willing to part with anything that might keep you from his love and saving grace?

Lord Jesus, unbind me that I may love you wholly and walk in the freedom of your way of life and holiness. May there be nothing which keeps me from the joy of living in your presence.

Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers: The God-Man beheld, by Gregory of Nazianzus (330 – 390 AD)

“Yes, he is recognized by demons (Luke 4:33-34, Mark 1:23-24), drives out demons (Matthew 8:16, Mark 1:34), drowns deep a legion of spirits (Matthew 8:32; Mark 5:9,13; Luke 8:30,33) and sees the prince of demons falling like lightning (Luke 10:18).                                                                               He is stoned, yet not hit (John 8:59; 10:31,39); he prays yet he hears prayer (Matthew 8:13; Mark 1:35). He weeps (John 11:35), yet he puts an end to weeping (Luke 7:13; 8:522; 23:28).  He asks where Lazarus is (John 11:34) – he was man; yet he raises Lazarus (John 11:43-44) – he was God.” (excerpt from ORATION 29, ON THE SON 20)

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