Epiphany 4B; Lectionary 4: This is the story of Jesus and the person possessed by an “unclean spirit” from Mark’s Gospel–about the clash of powerful forces–the clash of good and evil.
By the time this part of the Pentecost season rolls around we start to hear a fair amount of “Kingdom” language. We are reading those parts of the Jesus story from Jesus’ last days on earth. At the end of Jesus’ ministry, the focus and attention had turned to his own death. Using stories and parables, Jesus paints pictures of a vision for God’s perfect Kingdom and God’s eternal reign.