Jesus heals a man possessed by a troop of demons. The crowd that witnesses the miracle begs Jesus to leave. Who can imagine that?
Is Jesus’ continued presence with us a promise or a threat? Of course, at our best we are comforted by the near presence of our Lord. There are also times when our Lord’s presence can be an inconvenience, even torment, when He reveals actions and desires that we would prefer to keep hidden.
Yet, even then, as in today’s Gospel, we see that our Lord has not set out to destroy anyone but is present with us to heal.