2 Sam 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13 / Mark 5:1-20
Whenever it is said that no family is perfect, it is generally meant that family members may fight, they may not talk to each other, and there may be many other problems that a family go through.
But each family is unique and each family has its peculiar set of problems such that what works for one family may not work for another. That's simply because each member of a family is also unique and has a unique way of thinking and behaviour.
Today's readings present us with two family scenarios that may be familiar to us in one way or another.
In the 1st reading, we hear of David having to flee from his own son Absalom who was out to seize the throne from David and even kill him in the process.
But the humility and faith of David is truly edifying as he surrenders himself to the Lord even when Shimei, an insignificant person, insulted and cursed David.
In the gospel, we hear of a man possessed by a legion of unclean spirits ran up and fell at the feet of Jesus.
His family was not with him then, but it can be supposed that they had tried to secure him with fetters and chains but in vain.
But when Jesus expelled the unclean spirits from him, he wanted to follow Jesus but Jesus would not let him and said to him, "Go home to your people and tell them all that the Lord in his mercy has done for you."
What we can learn from the two readings of today is that as much as there are family problems, we have to be humble and surrender them to the Lord and commend our families to Him.
Also, to have a home to go back to where family members are still together regardless of differences is indeed a blessing.
Let us pray to the Lord to pour forth His blessings on all families so that they can be witnesses of what the Lord in His mercy has done for them.