4th Week, Ordinary Time : Monday 30th January, 2023

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Comfort Zones” – Faith: In today’s Gospel, Jesus expelled a legion of unclean spirits and restored God’s Peace to a man.  However, the people of the village, implored Jesus to leave their neighbourhood.  Ponder on, “Do we also at times not allow God into our lives, and ‘prefer’ to continue to live in our materialistic ‘comfort zones’?

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Mark 5:2, 6b-10,12-13,16-17

When Jesus disembarked, a man with an unclean spirit at once came out from the tombs towards him and fell at his feet and shouted at the top of his voice, ‘What do you want with me, Jesus, son of the Most High God? In God’s name do not torture me!’ For Jesus had been saying to him, ‘Come out of the man, unclean spirit.’ Then he asked, ‘What is your name?’

He answered, ‘My name is Legion, for there are many of us.’ And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the district. The unclean spirits begged him, ‘Send us to the pigs, let us go into them.’ So he gave them leave. With that, the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs, and the herd of about two thousand pigs charged down the cliff into the lake, and there they were drowned.

And those who had witnessed it reported what had happened to the demoniac and what had become of the pigs. Then they began to implore Jesus to leave their neighbourhood.