Monday 1 February 2021

A story to tell


“As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed begged to be allowed to stay with him. Jesus would not let him but said to him, ‘Go home to your people and tell them all that the Lord in his mercy has done for you.’ So the man went off and proceeded to spread throughout the Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him. And everyone was amazed.

mark 5:18-20


It’s easy, these days, to get ‘our story’ out there. We have at our hands, at the touch of a button or the swipe of a screen, access to social media which can help us share a charity campaign or simply what we had for dinner. We can give an opinion or publicly disagree with that of another. We may eagerly wait for those notifications and pop-ups to tell us what a storm we’re brewing, or sit disappointed that no-one had liked or retweeted (or even seen) our post at all. The story of the man in today’s gospel reading is fairly dramatic and has caused quite a stir, and we have only just swooped in at the end as he asks Jesus if he can go with him. But no, Jesus wants him to go home. Yes, the man needs to reconnect to his family and friends, learn how to live again and forget the painful past, but there’s more that Jesus wants him to do. “Go home to your people and tell them all that the Lord in his mercy has done for you,” says Jesus. This man who was possessed, living among grave stones, out of his mind, now becomes a missionary, a spokesperson for Jesus. His life has been transformed, and he has something worth sharing, a story to tell.


God our Father, I thank you for all the blessings I have received from you. Help me to share these blessings with others, and the joyful story of your love Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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