There is a power in naming, and connection
in knowing the name of another.
So it follows that those unclean spirits
were connected with Jesus,
and that challenging them in truth and love,
he empowered them to become free –
free of attachment, co-dependence, fear and hate.
Free of self-loathing, hiding and shame.
Free to be themselves, truly themselves.
Didn’t you notice, despite their protests, none were actually destroyed?
And so it is with us.
Jesus continues to call us out,
not as unclean and unlovable,
but as unfree and inauthentic.