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Biblical Encounter

Judith Jones
Vicar; Professor Emerita of Religion
Joint Ministry of St. Luke & St. Stephen Episcopal Churches; Wartburg College
Waldport, Ore.

…Jesus comes to challenge and cast out every power that prevents us from living fully and freely as human beings created in God’s image. Jesus claims sovereignty not just over our souls, but over our lives here on earth. Many among us resist that news, finding deliverance from Legion too frightening, too demanding, too costly. But those whom Jesus has healed and freed know that his liberating love is indeed good news, the gospel that he commands us to proclaim throughout our cities and towns. Still today God is at work in Jesus, bringing God’s kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven.

Key Theme

Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.”

~ Luke 8:35

  • Why is the healing of this man particularly powerful?
  • What type of haling does the man in this story receive?
  • How are the crowds impacted by the man’s healing?
  • When have you experienced healing of this nature?
Reflection Activity

Share a meal with someone who needs spiritual healing – possibly someone who may have been unkind to you in the past.

Prayer 32 from the Book of Common Prayer

O God, in the course of this busy life, give us times of refreshment and peace; and grant that we may so use our leisure to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds, that our spirits may be opened to the goodness of your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


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