In which Jesus heals a man with unclean spirits.
On the day I looked at these verses, I was starting a two day course on Mental Health First Aid. Jesus is doing a bit more than first aid here!
Apart from the mental health angle, this passage is important because it shows Jesus challenging yet more of the boundaries and assumptions in his society. He is entering Gentile territory, and taking the ‘good news’ to non Jews. Jesus is radically inclusive.
As I reflect on Jesus’ determination to cross boundaries, I ask myself what boundaries I need to cross. Which people, places and situations challenge me ?