Sunday, March 03, 2013

Sunday, March 03, 2013

READING


Old Testament: Jeremiah 6:9-15
Morning Psalms: Psalms 93, 96
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Gospel: Mark 5:1-20
Evening Psalms: Psalms 34

DEVOTIONAL


“He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and
went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number,
rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.”
(Mark 5:13)

In the New Testament reading for today, Jesus calls out evil spirits from a possessed man who had been living in a graveyard. When Jesus commands the evil spirits out of the man, he allows them to enter a herd of 2000 pigs that was grazing nearby. As the spirits inhabit the pigs, they cause the herd to run off the edge of a steep cliff and plunge into a body of water below. I now wonder if that’s where the expression, “when pigs fly,” comes from. Probably not, but the thought of them cascading over the cliff must have been a sight to see.

We all have bad habits, vices, and demons that haunt us. I know I do. Next time I identify behaviors or habits I want to change or be released from, I think I’ll imagine Jesus removing them from me, putting them into a flying pig, and over the cliff they will go. I know it won’t be quite that easy, but it’s a great visual…and quite humorous!

Imagine, though, being an innocent bystander that day and witnessing this calamity. According to scripture, they didn’t know what to make of the scene and asked Jesus to leave. Perhaps they were afraid for the rest of their livestock? Rather than be fearful, I choose to allow the amazing sense of humor that God has to brighten my day and release me from the evils that haunt me. If I actually get to see pigs fly, that would be awesome too.
MKR


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