. . . As he [Jesus] stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me” — for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. . . . Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country.
From sermon4kids.com: “After Jesus freed the man from the evil spirits, he was like a different person. People saw the man sitting at Jesus’ feet, fully clothed and speaking calmly. He was so happy that he wanted to go with Jesus and follow him wherever he went, but Jesus told the man to go back to his home and tell everyone what God had done for him. ”
Collect: O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your lovingkindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: Think of the many ways in which people are “chained” and how the word of God speaks differently to those prisons. What specific constraint is in your own life for which you might pray that the Holy Spirit show you a path toward freedom?
Image: Healing of the Madman by Victore Carpaccio
Sunday School—on summer break
Brain Food: Jesus of Nazareth Went to Capernaum: Jesus of Naz’reth went to Capernaum, / To the synagogue to teach, / People, astounded, at his wisdom / Saw his power all to reach. / Jesus of Naz’reth, as we pray, / Please teach us, reach us, we beseech you; / Visit your people with your power; / With your life, our lives renew. / Into the room there came a man / Whose ranting, crying stole the show; / What would Jesus tell the madman, / All the people sought to know.
Jesus of Naz’reth, are you able / To cast out, blast out demons today? / Your love saves us in each hour; / Come to us without delay! / Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit / While the people were amazed; / “He commands, and they obey him!” / Thus his name to all was praised. / Jesus of Naz’reth, we are yours, / We follow and hallow your will for peace; / You have called us to your purpose, / So your love may here increase.
God has called us to be faithful / In an age of fear and strife; / War and greed are now our demons, / But in Christ we have new life; / Jesus of Naz’reth, we your people / Now go, to show your gift of grace; / Give us courage you to follow, / That your church may all embrace! ~Scott L. Barton
“Thoughts” from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Bible (scroll down)
“Into the wilds” by Rick Fry