What is Your Name?

In Mark 5:1-20, Jesus, the Son of David, stepped on the country Gerasenes and was confronted by a man with an unclean spirit begging for mercy. Jesus replied with one question – What is your name? And that made the unclean spirit realize who it was and surrender to Jesus. 

They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”

Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area. (click to read the complete passage). 18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed. Mark 5:1-20 (New International Version – NIV)

In 2 Sam 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13, we hear of David having to flee for his life from his own son Absalom. And as if that is not distressful enough, Shimei, a relative of Saul, came along and cursed David and threw stones at him.

David could have seen this as an occasion to defend his kingship and to wipe off his enemies, which would include his son and Shimei, and consolidate his power and kingship.But he chose to humble himself before the Lord and commended himself into the hands of the Lord saying, “Perhaps the Lord will look on my misery and repay me with good…”

Even in a crisis, David chose to look at it with humility and repentance, and he trusted in God’s mercy and even though he had committed a grave sin, he remained faithful to God.

Jesus is also asking us this day: What is your name? Who are we? It is only when we realize who we are, then we will get the proper perspective to see who God is and what our life is all about. May the Spirit of God reveal to us a true knowledge about ourselves.

Peace and Joy

Written by Rev. Fr. Courage Dogbey

Self Examination

Try to answer these questions to know who you are. It is when you know who you are that you can be able to recognize your calling and achieve your goals and aspirations.

  1. What is your name?
  2. Who are you?
  3. What is your life about?

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