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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, May 3, 2016

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?’ And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back…” (Mk 16: 1-4)

 

How utterly useless are the spices, brought to Christ’s tomb by these insignificant, poor women. But here’s the thing: “…God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast be...

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