Then the man went off and began to proclaim in the Decapolis what Jesus had done for him; and all were amazed.
Not long ago my wife and I decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner out. When the check came we were told the bill had already been paid for by an anonymous stranger. We could hardly believe our good fortune. We couldn't wait to tell everyone about the kindness of this stranger.
In today's Gospel Jesus heals a man who had been tormented by demons for years. The townspeople were terrified of Jesus after seeing the power he had. They were so scared that he ended up having to leave the town. I imagine the man was afraid of the people's reaction and wanted to leave town too. But Jesus wasn't finished with him yet. This man had an important story to tell and Jesus gave him the power to tell it.