“The man from whom the demons had come out begged to remain with him, but he sent him away, saying, “Return home and recount what God has done for you.” The man went off and proclaimed throughout the whole town what Jesus had done for him.” Luke 8:38-39
The man from whom Jesus expelled the demons wanted to stay with Jesus. He wanted to stay close to the source from which he was made whole. But Jesus sends him on a very difficult mission. He sends him home to the people who knew him as a madman, to tell them of what God has done for him.
It would have been easier for the man to break all ties with his past and look only to his future as a newly made man. It would have been easier to proclaim the good news of what Jesus did for him to strangers than it would be if he returned home. Isn’t this so for us too? It is so much easier to speak of Christ to those who do not know us, but we must witness to Christ wherever we are. There’s an old saying, “Charity begins at home.”
We too, like the man cured from the demons, must be willing to be witnesses to Christ where we are sent: our families, our workplaces, the supermarket, the mall, the gas station, and school. Let us hear Jesus’ words today in a personal way, “Return home and recount what God has done for you.”
We do not read in the Gospel how things went for the man freed from the demons upon his return. All we know is in obedience to Christ he returned to the ones who knew him best and proclaimed the name of Jesus Christ.
May God bless you.