"My name is Legion: for we are many."
These chilling words are spoken by the Gadarene demoniac in today's Gospel (Mark 5:1-20).
The first reading (2 Samuel 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13) is disturbing in its own way, as the great King David must flee for his life from his own son and also endure the stones and insults thrown at him as goes.
But there is also a powerfully encouraging message in these readings, much more powerful than the legions of evils, for the power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is infinitely greater than the hosts of darkness and the grace that Christ gives us will wipe away any pain or loss that we may suffer by living out our faith and doing the right things.
(Lord Jesus Christ, son of the living God, be merciful to me - a sinner.)
We need to place ourselves in the hands of Christ who will keep his faithful ones safe - no matter what may happen or what we may suffer.
Our troubles may be many,
our opponents may be legion,
but Jesus is Lord.
(adapted from a previous post)