Convulsions – Good News for January 12

12 01 2010

Mark 1:21-28

Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers, and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.

In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”

Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet!  Come out of him!” The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.

All were amazed and asked one another, “What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.” His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

The Daily Path: In today’s Gospel, Mark describes the violent convulsion of an unclean spirit as Jesus commands its departure from a man present during His teaching. It reminds me how I often struggle to retain something that is not good for me before finally casting it aside with some sort of little explosion.

For example, think of the times we feel the need to be right about something. We’ll go out of our way to prove ourselves correct. Sometimes this causes damage to a relationship. On those occasions when I can accept being wrong, it often requires a little convulsion on my part before I can let go. I don’t go screaming out of the room, but there is some upheaval that occurs within before “the demon” is expelled.

Another example of these convulsions (conversions) often comes in asking forgiveness. Think of the times you’ve done something to cause hurt. How long before you ask forgiveness… assuming you d0? I know that all too often I’ll chose to dwell for an extended period in the House of Ego, blind to the truth, all the while allowing a false sense of self-righteousness to fester away at the wounds inflicted. Then, after an epic struggle within, the light of truth suddenly breaks through and I accept what must be done. In that moment of final convulsion comes great relief, and best of all… inner peace.