The reading for June 23 is Luke 8:26-39, the story of Jesus casting demons out of the possessed man, the outcome of which included the residents telling Jesus to scram — after losing their herd of pigs and have the possessed man become normal, they did not want to risk any more disruption to their community.
A huge challenge for individuals trying to fix their lives is resistance by family and friends to their attempts at change. Once people get used to a situation, even a bad situation, it seems many people would rather stay with the known than risk the unknown. The failure to recognize this aspect of human relationships is a source of failure by many people in trying to fix situations.
This leaves us with two questions. How can we connect with the people in a situation that will help them choose and use a path to making their lives better? What needs to happen inside of us that will help us accept helpful changes in our systems of relationships?