Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Raging Storm

Jesus had just crossed the Sea of Galilee with his disciples. A sudden storm had come up and tossed boat while Jesus was asleep. The boat was filling with water. The disciples panicked and woke Jesus. He stilled the wind and the waves and there was a calm.

When they arrived at the shores of Genessaret the village madman, screaming and naked, met them. There was a storm raging in this man's life, because he had a "legion of demons." Jesus cast out the demons and when the townspeople came out to see what had happened, they found the man in a state of great calm. He was behaving as a disciple. He was "sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind."

This "Gadarene Demoniac" as he is known, was such a quick study as a disciple that Jesus commissioned him as a missionary right then and there. "So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus has done for him." (Luke 8:39b) He had a tough job, because these people knew him as a madman. Now they would get to know him as one who went about telling all the good things that Jesus had done for him. He offered living proof of God's grace. In our Gospel reading for today (Luke 8:26-39), we celebrate with the former madman the grace that God has for all of us.

In peace,

The Rev. Linda McCloud
Founding Pastor
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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