Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (29th January, 2018) on the Gospel
2Sam 15:13-14.30; 16:5-13;
Ps 3:2-8 (R. v.8);
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 was 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 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 as he was told and people were amazed.
We often understand evangelizers as those who move from place to place probably putting on cassocks. And for some, evangelizers are those who go about with megaphones through the streets, houses, markets, among other places telling people to repent. However, evangelizing does not necessarily involve these but primarily telling others about God and His goodness, cf. Jn 20:17.
As we thank God for a new day and week, let us fulfil our obligation as evangelizers 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 make others know you better – Amen.
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