Reading from the Gospels, Pentecost +5, Year C: Luke 8.26-39
Those who had seen it told them
how the one who had been possessed by demons
had been healed.
– Luke 8.38
He must have found it suffocating at the least: to live with such an interior crowd, to never be able to turn off the constant clamor and press, the fracturing and fragmentation that left him unmoored and unhinged. He took to the graveyard, making his home among the tombs in a living death. And then one day Jesus came, and asked, What is your name?
From the hundred wants
that tug at us.
From the thousand voices
that hound us.
From every fear
that haunts us.
From each confusion
that inhabits us.
From what comes
to divide, to destroy.
From what disturbs
and does not let us rest.
Deliver us, o God,
and draw us into
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