Scripture: 1st Reading: 2Sam15,13-14,30;16,5-13; Resp. Psalm: Ps3,2-7; Gosp. Accl.: Lk7,16; Gospel: Mk5,1-20
David must have thought his house was in order after he repented of the sin of adultery and murder he committed against Uriah, the Hittite whose wife Bathsheba he took as wife. David knew he was going to live by this all his life. He was probably not prepared for the turn of events in today's first reading.
Absalom angry older son of David, rebelled against his father. Absalom planned this treachery so well that by the time David got to know of it, it was already too late. The treachery of Absalom revealed however, deep divisions within the royal family.
The treachery of Absalom consisted simply in his success in turning the hearts of the people against David, his father. As a result, he took the throne from David his father. David was forced to abdicate the throne and subsequently became a fugitive.
Not satisfied with this, Absalom sought the life of David his father to take it and put an end to it. This was the greatest test of David's chequered life. The curse that Shimei of Bahurim,who was a relative of Saul, rained on King David in today's reading was thus nothing compared to the high profile treachery of Absalom, who usurped the responsibility of his father.
In today's gospel, our Lord manifested His powers in the healing of the demoniac. He demonstrated comprehensive powers over Legion, the unclean spirit. He brought health and wholeness to the demoniac. After this exorcism, the life of the demoniac was no longer the same.
Today's gospel is one of the few instances, our Lord told the person healed to make it known. Having been shown such a great favour, the least that the man healed of unclean spirits could be do was to continually use his life for the sake of propagating the good news of salvation. The healed demoniac used his life to do this.
Let us draw closer to our God in all that we do, especially in moments of crisis and disappointment. Let us not forget that only God could assist us when those we trust turn against us and starb us from the back. In those terrible moments, let us place our Lord on the driver's seat. We will never regret it.
Let us pray: Listen to us O Lord and have mercy on us. Heal our brokenness. Touch our hearts. Lead us back to you. Amen. May the Living Word find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.