An Unlikely Disciple – Mark 10

An Unlikely Disciple – Mark 10

Here is a man whose entire existence up to this point has been marked by hardship, poverty and ignominy, which is hinted at in the initial disregard with which he is treated by those who would wish to silence him; and yet two thousand years later we not only know his story, but we also know his name and we’re probably hearing, to some extent, his voice through the words of Mark.

If this is not a testament to the power of the healing and New Life Christ offers us, I don’t know what is.

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The Desperate Prayer – Mark 9

The Desperate Prayer – Mark 9

Such is the mystery of prayer for all of us. We ask questions like: Why should we have to pray if God already knows our needs? Why does he not answer without our asking? Why, sometimes, must we wait for an answer? Does he not care? Ironically, it is because we pray that we discover the answer to that last question.

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Men as Trees Walking: Straining to See – Mark 8

Men as Trees Walking: Straining to See – Mark 8

Just as the blind man only regains his sight in stages, so too, our ability to see and receive Jesus is a process of continually deepening vision and understanding enabled by his touch in our lives. We cannot receive it all at once, but in His Grace He reveals that for which we are ready, constantly guiding us further along on the journey.

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Embracing the Unclean – Mark 7

Embracing the Unclean – Mark 7

“…there is not a one of us who shouldn’t realize that we are the ones who should be labeled “unclean”.
But it doesn’t need to remain so. Just as the pure heart of Jesus led him to embrace those the world called “unclean”, so he embraces us who are truly so and offers a complete cleansing and transformation of our hearts. It is a promise as old as the prophet Ezekiel…”

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Clothed and in the Right Mind – Mark 5

Clothed and in the Right Mind – Mark 5

Perhaps I love this story so much because it is my story – no demons that I know of but an interior war of conflicting motives, desires, passions, dreams all pulling in different directions and tearing my soul apart. Then Jesus came and spoke, “Follow me! “, and the conflicting desires began to be ordered, came to attention, saluted, and began to follow a single will – His.

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The Intimacy of Revelation – Mark 4

The Intimacy of Revelation – Mark 4

“The nature of a parable is to reveal at the same time it conceals. It presents truths through everyday language and situations in a way that, nonetheless, demands deep contemplation. The point is not to grasp at the truth it presents, as if it were something that could be contained by our understanding, but to open our hearts and allow ourselves to it be conformed to that truth through continuous prayer and meditation.”

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The Unforgivable Sin – Mark 3

…‘It is the sin committed by the person who claims to have the ‘right’ to persist in evil –in any sin at all – and who thus rejects Redemption’ (John Paul II). The Catechism adds, ‘there are no limits to the mercy of God. But anyone who deliberately refuses to accept his mercy by repenting, rejects the forgiveness of his sins and the salvation offered by the Holy Spirit. Such hardness of heart can lead to final impenitence and eternal loss’”

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