2 Sm 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13; Ps 3; Mk 5:1-20

Go home to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity has done for you.
In today’s readings, David and Jesus are each confronted by men who are, one might say, unhinged. One is possessed by so much grief and anger that he meets David and his heavily-armed soldiers with only stones and curses. Jesus encounters a man raging against the chains and the demons that bind him. In both cases, these violent ones are treated with compassion. David allows his attacker to live, explaining that God may have made him that way. Jesus exorcises the demoniac of his legion of demons and tells him to return to his family and praise God. If social media is any indication, there are a lot of raging folks out there. Perhaps we can take a lesson from David and Jesus. Meeting fire with fire is a surefire way to burn up the world. Let us tell the truth, but calmly!
Gentle Jesus, make me an instrument of your peace.