Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (05th July, 2017) on the Gospel

Gen 21:5.8-20;
Ps 33:7-8.10-13. (R. v.7);
Matt 8:28-34.

Topic: The devil’s plan.
In today’s gospel, at the other side of the sea, two Gadarenes’ demoniacs met Jesus. Their condition was so bad that no one could pass that way. They shouted, “What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” The demons begged Jesus to send them into a large herd of swine feeding nearby. On entering the swine, “suddenly, the whole heard rushed down the step bank into the sea and perished in the water” (Matt 8:32).
Matthew did not narrate what happened to the demoniacs when the demons left. Mark narrated it thus, “...the demoniac sitting there, clothed, and in his right mind, the very man who had the legion” (Mk 5:15; cf. Lk 8:35).
In the gospel according to Saint John, Jesus declared, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10). The state of the demoniacs when they were still possessed by the demons and when the demons had left are incomparable. Jesus is the light of the world, cf. Jn 9:5. And whoever follows Him will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life, cf. Jn 8:12.
However, “He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God” (Jn 1:11-12). We still remember the condition of the two demoniacs and what happened to the pigs when the demons entered them. It is important we all submit ourselves to God, resist the devil and he will flee from us, cf. Jas 4:7.
Bible Reading: Jn 10:1-21.
Thought for today: Either for Jesus or for the devil.
Let us pray: Lord, help us to dedicate ourselves entirely to you – Amen.
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