“Go home to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity has done for you.”

The first half of Luke 5 (vv. 1-20) details the episode of Jesus’ encounter with the demoniac in Gerasene territory.  Jesus and His disciples just arrive there by boat when this possessed man rushes to meet them.  It is told that he cannot be contained and behaves as a madman.  As Jesus is exorcising the demons they confess to who He is and beg Him not to send them away.  Begging to be sent into a herd of swine, Jesus does so, and the pigs are driven to their deaths.  As the news spreads, townsfolk come out to meet Jesus.  They also see the demoniac in his right mind.  Frightened they ask Jesus to leave their place.  The exorcised man wishes to travel with Jesus but He tells him the words above.  The man spreads the news far and wide to the amazement of all.  Like the healed man, we should also proclaim widely the blessings we have received from the Lord.  There is no more effective witness than personal testimony conveyed with real love and enthusiasm.  This man does more than tell his family of this miracle, he spreads the word freely.  We certainly should consider all persons as part of our family since we all are created in the image and likeness of God.  In fact, it may be easier to witness to strangers than to our close family relations.  But how many families need to hear the Good News!  Dad not going to Mass?  Tell him what you get out of it!  Sis fallen away since college?  Invite her to join you on Sunday for Mass and brunch.  Cousin harboring anti-Catholic views?  Share your Faith in love and let him see it in action, including Mass if he’s open to it (plenty of Scripture there).  And even if the family situation is not so dramatic, it doesn’t hurt anyone to confirm them in their faith and see a fine example of vibrant Catholic living.  Let us not keep the gospel bottled up!

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