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Putting spittle in his eyes

Putting spittle in his eyes

    WHEN Jesus and his dis­ciples arrived at Bethsaida, people brought to him a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Putting spit­tle on his eyes he laid his hands on the man and asked, “Do you see anything?” […]

When a person is truly blessed

    THERE are people who seem to have everything. They are intel­ligent, kind, good-looking, of good family background, and socially well connected. Some families are considered blessed for the priests or religious in their clan. Others can afford to do charitable works because they and their children are financially stable. If some do not […]

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Enough bread to satisfy

    JESUS feels so much compassion for the crowd that he cannot simply dismiss them. The disciples know it is impossible for them to feed 4,000 people, and they are preoccupied. Jesus, however, keeps calm and handles the situation with just seven loaves and a few fish. Everyone is satisfied, and the disciples even […]

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Be opened!

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Be opened!

    BEING deaf and mute must be ter­rible! For peo­ple with these disabilities, the world is literally shut or shrunk. Hearing and speaking are two of the most fundamental ways by which we establish relationships and, therefore, build life. Without them, life is shriveled. Hence, we cannot but rejoice over Jesus’ healing of the […]

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What defiles

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What defiles

  WHAT makes a person un­clean? Is it the pres­ence of external dirt on the body? Is it the failure to wash hands? We can be obsessed with physical hygiene or cleanliness; we squirm at seeing the slightest dirt. But Jesus makes it clear that it is not what goes in (what one eats) that […]

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The disciples with unclean hands

  Gospel: Mk 7:1-13 WHEN the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Je­rusalem gathered around Jesus, they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands. (For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews, do not eat without carefully washing their hands, keeping the tradition of the […]

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