😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace and presence be with you. First of all, I want to say how joyful and energetic it makes me feel to have the sun out longer in the evenings. Mark 5: 1-8 shares with us an experience of being kept in the shadows and bound by an unclean spirit.
‘They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when He had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit and met him. He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him anymore, even with a chain; for he had often been restrained with shackles and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the shackles he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always howling and bruising himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him; and he shouted at the top of his voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” For He had said to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!”’
This past season was the first year that the shorter days of sunlight really made me feel like hibernating. More times than not, I found myself doing nothing but sitting on the couch watching TV after work. Just about every evening when I finally went to bed, I would beat myself up about being so lazy and tell myself, “I need to do better tomorrow.” It can be very easy to let the demons in our lives take over and cast a dark shadow over us. Our demons hold us back from moving into the light of the Son. We must push through the darkness toward the Son, to be re-energized and find the peace and joy that only a life with Christ provides.
To quote Archbishop Fulton Sheen, “There are two ways of knowing how good and loving God is. One is by never losing Him, through the preservation of innocence, and the other is by finding Him after one has lost Him.” We must never give up our search for God! In those dark days, seek even the slightest ray of light to draw you back to The Light.
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#dcTalk – In the Light