The Healing Touch

Scripture Lesson: Mark 8:22-26 Meditation:                                                    “People brought to him a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.” Jesus is on the road to Bethsaida, and he has just finished correcting his disciples for their...

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Do You Still Not Understand?

Scripture Lesson: Mark 8:14-21 Meditation:                                                                   “Do you still not understand?” A number of years ago I worked with someone who came from Egypt. He was well-educated and spoke English, but some...

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A Baffling Story

Scripture Lesson: Mark 7:24-30 Meditation:                                                                   “Let the children be fed first.” We who are used to the Good Shepherd, the gentle forgiver of sins, may find this Gospel baffling. Who among us...

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From the Heart

Scripture Lesson: Mark 7:14-23 Meditation:                                                                         “. . . from his heart. . . .” Today’s brief Gospel reading is part of a larger discussion about ritual purity. Jesus’...

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Moved with Pity

Scripture Lesson: Mark 6:3–34 Meditation:                                                  “. . . his heart was moved with pity for them . . .” Today’s reading reveals the compassionate heart of Christ, our Master and Shepherd.  The apostles...

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Two by Two

Scripture Lesson: Mark 6:7-13 Meditation:                                                “Jesus . . . began to send them out two by two . . .” I sometimes wonder if Jesus really knew what he was doing when he sent the disciples out two by two. In so doing...

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Closed Minds

Scripture Lesson: Mark 6:1-6 Meditation:                                                “So he was not able to perform any mighty deeds there.” Much is happening in this short Gospel passage. Jesus is preaching in his native area and the people are...

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Just Have Faith

Scripture Lesson: Mark 5:21-43 Meditation:                                                                  “. . . your faith has saved you.” These words highlight for me Jesus’ delicacy and attention for women, an attitude not often noted in the...

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Seized with Fear

Scripture Lesson: Mark 5:1-20 Meditation:                                         “And they were seized with fear.” This Gospel reading is perhaps one of the most dramatic there is. However, it is also one of the most tragic. We are told about the man...

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Knowing Not How

Scripture Lesson: Mark 4:26-40 Meditation:                        “. . . the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.” Today’s Gospel follows closely on the parable of the sower discussed in our last reflection. The two stories share a common...

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