We are held captive by many things in this earthly life, but three main enemies emerge: sin, death, and Satan.
In the Gospel, Jesus encounters a man who is possessed by many demons. This man had been chained so he wouldn’t hurt himself or others, but chains could not stop the demons. Jesus comes to this man in his captivity and sets him free. Not only is the man set free from Satan, but Jesus also sets him free to tell of Jesus’s mercy and compassion. By His death and resurrection, Jesus sets us free from our enemies, from sin, death, and Satan. We are also free to tell of Jesus’s mercy and compassion.