Yet we just glaze over when we hear it proclaimed at Mass or referenced in a sermon.Once in a while, however, every once in a while, the Scriptures come alive again, even for us, even for me.Stranger still, Jesus is choosing to chat with him – or them (pronouns with Legion are tricky). Let’s free the poor guy from his spiritual affliction and restore him to his family already – ba-boom. You’d think Jesus and his Jewish companions would’ve avoided this area altogether rather than risk even the slightest association with pork.Yet, the strangeness only widens as the Gospel writers next draw our attention to a herd of pigs – pigs! Nope, and the pigs actually end up playing a central role in the tale.It's a Just Between You and Me moment: the villain, secure in his superior planning or intellect, is monologuing in exquisite detail how his Evil Plan is going to profit him by screwing over all the people who trust or depend on him — completely and blissfully unaware that the hero or an associate has arranged a Hidden Wire, PA microphone or other relay of the villain's words, which are heard with perfect clarity by a figure of authority and/or the villain's dupes.They, of course, realize just how they've been deceived and turn on him (or line up to get their crack at him).There’s a version of the story in Matthew, but fuller accounts appear in Mark and Luke.
As soon as he and his crew hit the Gerasene shore, a wild man accosted them from a graveyard. The possessed Galilean tomb-dweller, hardly still a man, rushed the Lord and demanded an accounting. When Jesus asked for his name, the wild man claimed, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” We’re definitely in strange territory here.
You know this from witnessing your own children thrill at the coming of Christmas when they were very young.
The story of the Bethlehem invasion was fresh and exciting – and fantastic!
Regardless, he usually gets fired from his job and/or sent to the slammer.
Variation of Right Behind Me, but done intentionally, and usually with more people listening.