Good Morning December 27

In the eighth chapter of St. Matthew there is the account of Jesus’ encounter with two demon possessed men. The demons, of course, recognized Him and begged to be sent into a nearby heard of swine when He cast them out. He did, and the swine rushed down the hillside and were drowned. When the town’s people heard of it, rather than rejoicing over the healing of the two men, and bring others to be healed as happened elsewhere, they begged Jesus to leave their district. Sometimes Jesus is too much! He is too disturbing of our way of life. People get caught up in their own plans, their own lifestyle. Jesus just upsets too much. It doesn’t make sense. This is why Jesus was always looking for humility, and the trusting faith of a child. Ones who were willing to put themselves in His hands even when it was disturbing¬†and didn’t make sense. “To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12) And that really is far better than anything we might let stand in the way.