Today’s Gospel gives us the healing of the Gerasene demoniac, from St Mark. Here is part of the account, after the man has been healed: ‘People came to see what it was that had happened. And they came to Jesus, and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine. And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their neighbourhood. And as he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. But he refused, and said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and all men marvelled’.

Metropolitan Antony Bloom once commented: ‘As soon as the demoniac finds himself in Christ’s presence, even when he still sees Him from afar, he sees in Christ peace, he sees in Him harmony, he sees in Him the wholeness of true Man, and at the same time in this wholeness he clearly sees God hidden in Him. And he falls at Christ’s feet and worships Him’ …’

May you, today, know Christ’s peace, and His blessing rest upon you.