Link to today’ readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/070517.cfm
When Jesus came to the territory of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met him. They were so savage that no one could travel by that road. They cried out, “What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?” Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding. The demons pleaded with him, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine.” And he said to them, “Go then!” They came out and entered the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea where they drowned. The swineherds ran away, and when they came to the town they reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs. Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him they begged him to leave their district.
These people did not know who Jesus was and they were frightened. Jesus had not yet started preaching to Gentiles, so they did not know Him. Just like today, those who do not know Jesus are frightened and want nothing to do with Him. They are afraid of what He can and will do in their lives. Are you afraid of Him? Do not be, getting closer to Him brings nothing but love, joy and peace. You will have true freedom when you get close to Him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I used to run from you. I thought I knew you and was scared. But when I stopped running and found your truth, I found true happiness. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The Lord hears the cry of the poor.