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Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (1st February, 2016) on the Gospel

 

2Sam 15:13-14.30; 16:5-13;
Ps 3:2-8 (R. v.8);
Mk 5:1-20.

Topic: Go and tell your friends.

On arriving at the other side of the sea, a man with an unclean spirit whom nobody could restrain met Jesus. The gospel reads,

“When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed 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 adjure you by God, do not torment me” (Mk 5:6-7).

And at their plea Jesus allowed them to enter the swine numbering about two thousand that were feeding and they all rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and were all drowned.

When the news broke in the city, people came and saw Jesus and the demoniac clothed and in his right mind sitting there, they were afraid. They begged Jesus to leave their neighbourhood. Although the man who had been possessed by demons wanted to follow Jesus but He said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you” (Mk 5:19). The man went and did exactly what he was told and people were amazed.

Most often many understand an evangelizer as those who move from place to place, or one parish or station to another and so on probably putting on distinguishing dress (habit). And for some, an evangelizer is that man or woman who goes about with megaphone through the streets, houses, markets, among other places telling people to repent.

Surely these might be evangelizing but evangelizing does not necessarily involve these but primarily telling others about God and His goodness, cf. Jn 20:17. Hence Jesus asked the man to go and tell people what God has done for him.

As we thank God for a new day, a week, and a month, let us fulfil our obligation to evangelize by telling those around us in our families, schools, workplaces, and so on that the Lord is good. By doing this we will gather people with and for Christ, cf. Matt 12:30.

Bible Reading: Ps 21.

Thought for today: You are an evangelizer.

Let us pray: God, help us to make others know you better – Amen.

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