Today’s lectionary confronts us with the problem of demon possession. Luke 8:26-39 dramatizes the issue in dramatic fashion. Christians are divided on the reality of demon possession and there’s no sign that the controversy is lessening. Rather than debate demon possession directly—which isn’t the point—it is more productive to approach the larger and more relevant issues. The scripture sets the stage with Jesus’ arrival at the region of the Gerasenes. Immediately, a naked hermit who lived in the cemetery shouted for Jesus to leave. This afflicted man had been previously captured by townspeople, bound by chains and guarded, only to escape again to the tombs.Read More →