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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 30 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Amos 5:14-15, 21-24
Psalm 50:7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 16bc-17
Matthew 8:28-34

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Here is a summary of today's gospel reading:

1. There are two possessed men who are so violent they prevent people from using a road.

2. Jesus comes by and casts out their demons and they are healed and are now normal.

3. The townspeople hear that the men are now free and healed.
4. The townspeople ask Jesus to leave them and go away.

Now, this just does not make sense to me. Jesus frees two violent and tormented men of their affliction, gives the townspeople their road back and then they ask Him to leave? Why would they do this?

Perhaps it was because the power Jesus displayed frightened them in some sense and even more than the violence displayed by the demoniacs. Perhaps their lack of knowledge about Jesus frightened them.

However, there may be another and more important reason that caused them to act this way. The demoniacs, while still under the power of Satan, addressed the Lord as "Son of God." They knew exactly who He was and what power He had. Perhaps the townspeople knew this as well and they did not want the Son of God in their presence to see their sins and shortcomings. Maybe their actions were based on a combination of these things or something completely different; we will never know.

We should remember, there is never, ever a time to ask Jesus to leave. He should always be an integral part of all we do and be welcomed in every circumstance. If we ever find ourselves asking the Lord to leave, we should probably check what we are doing, as it cannot be good.

~ Don Claunch, SFO | email: dlclaunch@bresnan.net

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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