3rd Sunday after Epiphany
Jesus’ first act in Mark chapter 1 was healing a man with an unclean spirit. Again, Jesus heals a man with an unclean spirit, but this time it takes place in a Gentile city. Thus, Jesus meets a man with an unclean spirit living among unclean tombs surrounded by people employed in unclean occupations, all in unclean Gentile territory. Jesus continues to meet people where they are and build relationships with all people, even amidst their suffering, pain, and isolation.