Living on the edge

A reflection on a Jesus story

This is a story about Jesus and some men who were possessed.

“And when he came to the other side, to the country of Gadarenes, two demonic possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs so fierce that no one could pass that way. And behold they cried out “what a view to do with us O son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time? A heard of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons said to him, “if you cast us out send us away into the herd of pigs.” And he said to them "go ". So they came out and went into the pigs and behold the whole herd rushed down the bank into the sea and drowned in the waters. The herdsman fled and going into the city they told everything; especially what had happened to the demon possessed man and he said to them “go “. And behold all the city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him they begged him to leave the region.”

Matthew 8:28–34

It seems when Jesus comes to town he usually causes a raucous; a loving one. And even the demonic address his presence: What have you to do with us O Son of God? If you want to send us anywhere- send us into those pigs.

“Go” is all we here from the God-Man. Into the pigs! Filth into filth.

The Divine Son has come to spread liberty for those in captivity; to send our false selves off a cliff into the oceans deep.

He has come to set us free!

He will come ashore where we lurk; stepping foot on that middle ground of madness to mend us. He will wait.

He will come to us where a tomb and a cliff exist and offer another way. And if we muster the courage to have him do his holy hurling, we will stand in new found freedom; staring at this man outside our tombs puzzled by how we ended up here.

Then we’ll be left to choose whether or not he should stay and keep up the commotion.

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