Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time/ July 01, 2020
Gospel: Matthew 8: 28 – 34
Friends in today’s Gospel Jesus came to the territory of the Gadarenes where he met with two demoniac who were so savage, coming from the tombs (they were so savage that no one could travel by that road). When they met Jesus they pleaded Him not to destroy them before the appointed time, instead to send them into the herd of swine. And Jesus let them entered the swine and the whole herd rushed down the sleep bank into the sea where they drowned.
The healing of the two demoniac and the casting out of the demons show how powerful Jesus is, that even legions of demons were ‘trembling’ of his presence, power, and authority. As they were pleading Him not to destroy them before the appointed time.
What does it mean ‘before the appointed time?’ The phrase means ‘before the time which God has marked to drive them from the world, and to bury them for ever in the prisons of hell (where they will be tormented with more grievous torments, as they will be at the end of the world.) – that is before the time and the day of judgment, after which the torments and punishments of the devils will be increased. [Verbum]
And what does it mean for all of us? This show us that ‘devils’ had no power, and match against God, that even over the swine they cannot themselves enter without permission of God. It also shows us, as St. John Chrysostom said, “God wants us to know, for our instruction, that the enemy is very desirous to bring upon us the greatest evils” against our salvation. But we should not worry for the Lord is powerful than the Evil One.
Friends, I hope that we may not like the people of Gadara (Gadarenes) whom after Jesus’ visit and curing of the two demoniac, did not accepted Him, rather cast Him away from their territory. Remember it is always the desire of Jesus to visit us, to honor us with His sacred presence, to enrich us with His Divine inspirations. But the question is, how also often do we accept Jesus into our own territory, life. How often like the Gadarenes have we desired Him to depart from us? Oh, it would be a great lose for all of us to neglect these gifts, advantages, and treasures of the Lord. It would be a great lose if we will not allow Jesus to visit and enter into our lives. It would be a great lose, when the time will come, if we remain in our worldly pleasures and comforts.
The day will surely arrive. May we all be ready when it comes.
Prayer: Abba, our loving Father, thank You for Your care and visits. Thank You for entering into our lives. May we always care and help our brothers and sisters in their daily struggles. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son who lives with You in unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.