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Monday, January 31, 2022

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St. John Bosco

2 Samuel 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13
Psalm 3:2-7
Mark 5:1-20

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“They were seized with fear.” —Mark 5:15

In today’s first reading, Shimei curses, accuses, and continues to pursue King David. This is what the devil does, accusing us constantly (see Rv 12:10). The Gerasenes in today’s Gospel reading also chose the ways of the devil over the ways of the Lord. They preferred a man possessed with a Legion of demons (Mk 5:9) and a road closed to the public (Mt 8:28). In fact, when the Gerasenes saw that this man was “fully clothed and perfectly sane,” they were seized with fear (Mk 5:15) rather than rejoicing at his healing.

Jesus brought the Gospel, freedom, and sanity to a town, and the townspeople begged Him to leave (Mk 5:17). This is not rational behavior. The Gerasenes did recognize Jesus’ power; they just didn’t want any part of it. They preferred fear and dysfunction to liberty and new life.

Are you “seized with fear”? (Mk 5:15) Is there any area of your life in which you prefer the familiarity of dysfunction to the changes required by freedom and life “to the full”? (Jn 10:10) In tomorrow’s Gospel, Jesus will bluntly state: “Fear is useless; what is needed is trust” (Mk 5:36). Present your fears to Jesus. Beg Him to stay and heal. 

Prayer:  Father, fill me with that perfect love of Yours which casts out all fear (1 Jn 4:18).

Promise:  “You, O Lord, are my Shield; my Glory, You lift up my head!” —Ps 3:4

Praise:  Inspired by the Lord, St. John Bosco resolved “to rescue young lads from evil ways and to train them in an honest trade.”

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