January 30, 2017
As he was getting into the boat,
the man who had been possessed pleaded to remain with him.
But Jesus would not permit him but told him instead,
“Go home to your family and announce to them
all that the Lord has done for you.”
Then the man went off and began to proclaim in the Decapolis
what Jesus had done for him; and all were amazed. (Mark 5:18-20)
In today’s Gospel, Jesus drives a “Legion” of demons from a long-suffering man. The man was so grateful, he wanted to go with Jesus and be with Him forever.
The passage above tells us of Jesus’ response. In summary, He tells the man: “It is not necessary for you to go with Me. Your job is to announce the Good News to others.”
Showing gratitude to God is certainly important. Not for God, He is in no need of your gratitude. It is important for the one offering the gratitude. It is a sign of humility, a recognition that the good things in life come solely by the grace of God. Nothing is possible without God, and nothing is impossible with God.
While gratitude is important, Jesus tells the man what He really wants is the man’s apostleship. He wants him to share his good fortune with others and proclaim the goodness of God.
Proclaim means to announce officially and publicly. It means to speak with confidence, with authority.
Anyone can be a disciple, getting in the boat and following Jesus. We are called to be apostles. We are sent out to proclaim the Good News to others.