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Yesterday, in the heart of Mark’s Gospel, we encountered a profound story in chapter 5: the healing of the demon-possessed man. This is a poignant reminder of Jesus’ mission to reconnect the lost back into the fabric of community. As the scene unfolds, we find a man living among the tombs, isolated and tormented by unclean spirits. His brokenness reflects the fractured state of the community he inhabits.

Jesus, in his compassionate pursuit of restoration, engages with the man. Instead of shunning him, Jesus approaches the outcast with love and understanding. The transformative power of Jesus’ touch is evident as the man is liberated from the chains that bound him. The once marginalized and isolated individual is now fully restored.

What is remarkable about this narrative is the subsequent call by the healed man to be with Jesus. However, Jesus redirects him, urging him to return to his community and share the good news of transformation. This moment encapsulates the essence of Jesus’ mission – not just to heal individuals but to reintegrate them into the fabric of the community.

This dramatic healing story challenges us to consider our role in fostering inclusive communities. Like Jesus, we are called to seek out the marginalized, the broken, and the lost. Our task is not only to offer healing but to facilitate the reconnection of these individuals into the embrace of community. In doing so, we participate in the redemptive narrative that Jesus initiated, making tangible God’s transformative power in our midst.

May God’s peace find you today. -Pastor Peter

Let us pray… God of connection, help us embody the love of Jesus, embracing the outcasts, engaging with compassion, fostering inclusive communities, and restoring broken lives. Amen.