I have met many people who were fighting their own personal demons, and I know I have had my moments as well. Many of us have had to work through parts of our past, those battling emotional or spiritual confusion and doubt, memories of past hurts, things that have been said or done. But I don’t know that I have ever met someone who was possessed, and if I did, I didn’t realize it. I can’t begin to imagine what the disciples felt as they stood with Jesus and were witnesses to someone who was possessed.
As humans, I believe we all have moments of weakness, those times when we allow ourselves to revert to our pasts and relive moments of sadness, guilt, shame, maybe the pain of living through a life alone. It can be an overwhelming feeling.
But we must always remember that we see Jesus, always in our path. We must be aware of his presence, his ability to relieve us of our pains and doubts. And we need to KNOW that when we are forgiven, it is done. Move on in your life, knowing that a loving and merciful God forgives. And know that God places in that path people who will help mold you and grow in your faith. I have been blessed with a marriage to my rock that has sustained almost 45 years of experiences of joys, hurts, doubts, children, grandchildren, even a great grandchild! But God’s magnificent plan has me where I need to be, experiencing what I need to experience for His greater glory.
The Lord wants you free – free to do his will. So be free. Forgive, be forgiven, and be free.
Patty Masson is the Director of Adult Formation and Evangelization at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church in Spring, Texas.