Blog Posts for "Following Jesus"

Holding On and Letting Go

Tuesday in the Octave of Easter John 20:11-18 It’s seems a little insensitive if not cruel for Jesus to tell Mary Magdalene “Stop holding on to me.”  After all, only moments before their encounter she had been weeping over his death and the disappearance of his body from the tomb.  Unlike almost all of the Twelve, she had followed him to Calvary and stood at the foot of cross as he was executed.  She was the one who had gone to the tomb while it was still dark and had seen the stone...

Getting Behind Jesus

Mark 8:27-30 I can only imagine that Peter meant well in rebuking Jesus.  After professing Jesus to be the Christ or anointed one, Peter must have been shocked to hear Jesus talking about rejection, suffering and being killed.  That wasn’t what was supposed to happen to the Messiah…was it?  That couldn’t happen to his Lord and friend…could it?  Well, yes. Jesus used the strongest possible language to issue his own rebuke of Peter:  “Get behind me, Satan.  You are thinking not as God does, but...

Getting Our Hands Dirty

The past couple of days, our gospel readings at Mass have come from Mark 5.  On Monday it was the story of Jesus’ encounter with a man possessed by an unclean spirit who lived among the tombs in pagan territory.  Today it was the story of Jesus raising the daughter of Jairus, a synagogue official, along with the healing of a woman who had spent 12 years suffering from bleeding.  In all of these situations, Jesus risked ritual impurity—going among pagans and the dead, being touched by a woman with a flow of blood, grasping a...

Travel Lightly

Mark 6:7-13 I was recently packing for an overnight trip, one of the few I've had since heart surgery at the beginning of December.  Not quite nine weeks have passed since the operation, so there are still some limitations on my physical activity.  One of them is a restriction on how much I can lift.  Thus as I packed one of the challenges that I had was trying to fit what I needed into a relatively small roller bag and a backpack that wouldn't cause stress and strain.   Faced with my personal limitations...

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