19 Sunday after Pentecost October 27 2019
The Gospel reading for today describes a man possessed by many demons. When our Lord engages him in conversation, we discover that his name is "legion" for he has a multitude of demons living within his body. One might think of this demon-possessed man as a representative of all humanity since each of us battle some demon in our life. Some of us battle addiction disorders while others suffer from unpredictable behavioral outbursts unable to control the physical response to emotionally charged situations. For those who suffer mental illness, the battle takes on numerous complexities as daily routines become nearly impossible, and we feel trapped-chained, abandoned, and alone-isolated much like the man in today's gospel who lives as an outcast.