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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Then a blind and dumb demoniac was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, ‘Can this be the Son of David?’ But when the Pharisees heard it they said, ‘It is only by Be-elzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.” (Mt 12: 22-24)

So the Pharisees of that time, just like the Pharisees of ours, have it all figured out. They are neither “amazed,” as are the people, nor do they have any questions, as do the people, who ask: Can this be the Son of David? The self-assuredness of the Pharisees makes them utterly blind and utterly useless to their own people, so they just stand by, pontificating and theologising in their know-it-all way, while the Lord actually brings healing, sight, and speech to the sufferi...

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

He entered again into a synagogue; and a man was there whose hand was withered. They were watching him to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. He said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Get up and come forward!’ And he said to them, ‘Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill?’ But they kept silent. After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, he said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately began conspiring with the Herodians against him, as to how they might destroy him.” (Mk 3: 1-6)

Hell hath no fury, I would say, like the rage of a Pharisee against the new. Because a self-righteous person treas...

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