A POSSESSED MAN HEALED BY CHRIST (MARK
Those who were healed by Christ
made use of their new health in the service of Christ and of those
in the service of God.
In the possessed man that Christ
healed, He forbade the devil to reveal His identity, nay, not even
to speak. . .because we should never listen to the devil though he
speaks the truth. His speaking is directed towards our destruction.
. .often mixing falsity with truth.
When the devil finds someone
listening to him, he immediately injects errors. Thus, St. Paul shut
the mouth of diviners, who were spokesmen of the wicked one. If you
must receive commendations, it must never come from an unclean
Then Christ goes to pray, fast and
perform good works. Though Christ did not have to pray, fast and
perform good works, He was setting an example for us; and this is
that preaching must be accompanied by prayer, fasting and good
works. Otherwise, it is empty preaching.