Luke 4:31-37 Reflection – Ask to be Cleansed

Reflection on Luke 4:31-37 ~

Over two decades ago, I had not realized how far I had drifted away from the center of being a good Christian. Full of pride I walked down a dock crowded with boat people living in extreme poverty, the instant shame within was as if a fire. Turning to Jesus, I asked to be cleansed but unlike the man in this story, removal is still happening in increments. Jesus’s plan lets me see and experience my own demons, which like chameleons change color and shape in order to hide until routed out.

Jesus Chases a Possessed Man from the Synagogue James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumJesus Chases a Possessed Man from the Synagogue, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

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Luke 4 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

The Man with an Unclean Spirit

31 He went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath. 32 They were astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority. 33 In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Let us alone! 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.” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” When the demon had thrown him down before them, he came out of him without having done him any harm. 36 They were all amazed and kept saying to one another, “What kind of utterance is this? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come!” 37 And a report about him began to reach every place in the region.

Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 4:31-37.