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June 30, 2021

Mt 8: 28-34

When he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that way. Suddenly they shouted, “What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 

Now a large herd of swine was feeding at some distance from them. The demons begged him, “If you cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.” And he said to them, “Go!” So they came out and entered the swine; and suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the water. The swineherds ran off, and on going into the town, they told the whole story about what had happened to the demoniacs. 

Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Emptying ourselves to what keeps us from God

What demons possess you?  Whether great or small, obvious to the outside world or quietly hidden within, we all have need for the Lord to cast out that which spiritually corrupts.  But spotting these demons is rarely a simple task.  The evil one is cunning like this.  He obscures the deadly sins and tricks us into thinking they hold the keys to happiness.  This deception is a false flag.  Only through an emptying out of ourselves can we be filled with an abundance of God’s grace.  Ignatius called this the spirit of indifference, meaning that I will have a singular focus which will be on God and in surrendering to his will.  There is great relief in the knowledge that derives from accepting that God’s love and grace are enough. 

Matt Nickson is the Director of Pastoral Ministry at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri, where he has worked for 16 years.  He is an alum of De Smet Jesuit High School (2001)  in St. Louis and Rockhurst University (2005) in Kansas City, Missouri. 

 

 

Prayer

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.

—Suscipe prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola


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June 30, 2021

Mt 8: 28-34

When he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that way. Suddenly they shouted, “What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 

Now a large herd of swine was feeding at some distance from them. The demons begged him, “If you cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.” And he said to them, “Go!” So they came out and entered the swine; and suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the water. The swineherds ran off, and on going into the town, they told the whole story about what had happened to the demoniacs. 

Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Emptying ourselves to what keeps us from God

What demons possess you?  Whether great or small, obvious to the outside world or quietly hidden within, we all have need for the Lord to cast out that which spiritually corrupts.  But spotting these demons is rarely a simple task.  The evil one is cunning like this.  He obscures the deadly sins and tricks us into thinking they hold the keys to happiness.  This deception is a false flag.  Only through an emptying out of ourselves can we be filled with an abundance of God’s grace.  Ignatius called this the spirit of indifference, meaning that I will have a singular focus which will be on God and in surrendering to his will.  There is great relief in the knowledge that derives from accepting that God’s love and grace are enough. 

Matt Nickson is the Director of Pastoral Ministry at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri, where he has worked for 16 years.  He is an alum of De Smet Jesuit High School (2001)  in St. Louis and Rockhurst University (2005) in Kansas City, Missouri. 

 

 

Prayer

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.

—Suscipe prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola


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