There are many veterans of wars and of gang violence, and people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction around us. So many families have to deal with troubled loved ones. There are no easy solutions … but is there hope?
Jesus utters life-changing words to the poor man in today’s Gospel, “Unclean spirit, come out of him.” The demons beg Jesus three times:
Do not to expel them from this pagan region where they have free rein
Send them into the 2,000 swine, the valuable property of the people of this village
Finally, the villagers who have lost their livelihood, beg Jesus to leave them
They are showing him the door, politely. Many families today, show Jesus the door because they are so attached to wealth, and other preoccupations.
Families, do not abandon loved ones who are in trouble. Do not show Jesus the door! He is the first step to real healing. A good and hopeful first step is to recognize that we need the help of someone who has overcome the powers of evil and darkness.
About Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C.
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.