28When he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29Suddenly they shouted, “What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 30Now a large herd of swine was feeding at some distance from them. 31The demons begged him, “If you cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.” 32And he said to them, “Go!” So they came out and entered the swine; and suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the water. 33The swineherds ran off, and on going into the town, they told the whole story about what had happened to the demoniacs. 34Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood. (Matthew 8:28-34, NRSV)
One of the saddest stories in the Bible for me. When all that bacon runs off the cliff…
But Jesus was able to free the men from what was keeping them from being a part of the community. You see, when they were possessed they could not be in the community. So Jesus removed the demons and allowed the men to be in relationships with their families again.
Jesus is about building community and having us all help the other.
How can you include someone today?