Reach out to those left out.
Night and day among the tombs and on the hillsides he was always crying out and bruising himself with stones. Catching sight of Jesus from a distance, he ran up and prostrated himself before him, crying out in a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?”
Have you ever felt like a reject…like you were completely unlovable?
Have you ever felt like God could never care for you because of things you’ve done, because you don’t fit in or because you feel like you just aren’t good enough?
In today’s scripture we see an apparently deranged man who had been cast out of his community to roam about tombs and hillsides.
Sometimes a society, community, or simply a circle of friends…throws out the ones who are different, difficult or who threaten the status quo. Many continue to define themselves by who they are against. They have to have an “enemy” to hate…a scapegoat…despite Jesus’ command to love everyone.
The man in today’s scripture seemed quite astounded that Jesus would have anything to do with him…because apparently no one else would.
The lesson is: When others reject you…indeed when you reject yourself…God does not…nor will God ever. That’s what Unconditional Love is all about! That’s the kind of Love your Creator has for you. Jesus healed this man and sent him home to be restored to his community. As followers of Jesus…we are called to do the same for others.
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Remember…God loves you!