The second of two stories about villages catching fire. This time the fire is real and Cuthbert takes it more seriously. We learn another piece of evidence suggesting that Cuthbert probably was from an aristocratic family as he was brought up by a wet nurse, of whom he clearly remained very fond. But he still had to take his turn looking after the sheep on the hills at night as a young lad.
Perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of the story of the Gerasene demoniac is the conversation Jesus has with the demons. They, terrified of annihilation, ‘beg him not to send them into the abyss’, and he shows them mercy, sending them into the herd of swine instead. What does this tell us about demons? What does it tell us about Jesus?