Todays Gospel is a classic example of Marks use of miracle stories.
He uses them to make a catechetical point, not to overwhelm the reader with Jesuss power.
Mark does not deny the power, but emphasizes rather our desire to understand, to grasp, to find meaning.
If you want really to see who you are and what youre life is about, you must listen closely to Jesus, not seeking words which will serve your own agenda, but rather words which challenge you, make you think, force you to reflect.
Fr. Greeley's Last Book:
Once upon a time a very wealthy Yuppie and his girl friend went on a trip to Africa to hunt lions with a camera because they were politically correct Yuppies
They were shocked and disgusted by the poverty, the corruption, the
hunger, and the sickness of the people in these countries. They told each other repeatedly
how everything would be fine in
As a matter of solemn principle they refused to give money to beggars. When they came home
they told everyone that they would never go back the lions were as lazy as the rest
of the people in
There was no point, they said in spending their tax dollars to help those who wouldnt help themselves. Didnt you have any sympathy with those poor people, another Yuppie asked them.
How can you sympathize, they said, with those who arent ready to help themselves?!
1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were
like those who dream.
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