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09.02.10 THEY OBSERVED

Posted under Reflections on February 9th, 2010 by

Now when the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him,  they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands. Mk 7,1-2

The Pharisees and some scribes observed that some of his disciples eating with unwashed hands. I wonder whether they observed what they were eating. The disciples are there to eat. So what must be observed is what they were eating. The pharisees reach only half way. They see their hands in their plates. But they do not see what is in their plates or in their mouth. And they get stuck with that. Many a times this happens 
Do traditions end up this way – I mean the half way. Traditions, rules and regulations are made to help us complete something. They are there to assist us to reach a goal. Without the goal, the traditions are empty. The rules have no relevance.  Often times this what happens: we go in search of a goal but we reach half way and we get stuck with that. We spend all our life in the half ways.
Precisely on this ground that Jesus makes his comment on them when he says:"Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written: 'This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me;  In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts.'  You disregard God's commandment but cling to human tradition." 
Here again they reach only half way: they use words (lips service) not with hearts. They talk about worship but spend their time discussing about human doctrines. They start with God's commandments but end up with human traditions.
We need to reach beyond the traditions. Observe beyond the traditions.

08.02.10 THOSE WHO TOUCHED IT WERE HEALED

Posted under Reflections on February 7th, 2010 by
Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid  the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might  touch only the tassel on his cloak;  and as many as touched it were healed. Mk (6,56)
The crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening  to the word of God, (Lk 5,1) We know well that the crowd was after him to listen to him.
He was teaching and he was preaching. These two were his special ministries. 
But today’s reading says that people were in crowds to touch him. They wanted to be touched by him and some even  just wanted to touch the tassel of his clock.
In preaching and in teaching, it is the willful act of the one who preaches and teaches. He decides to do so.
He knows well what he preaches and what he teaches.
And in the healing ministry the healer touches the sick and prays over the sick and they are healed. The healer
is aware of what he is doing. 
But today’s reading gives a different tone to the miracle stories. The healer need not be even aware of what is happening around him. He is just walking about, and the people who want to be healed rush to him and they touch him and some even  touch the tassel of his cloak. Which means the healer is not even aware of what is happening around. He may not even feel the touch.
The healing power is not only with Jesus the person, but also to all that belong to him or even to his surroundings.
It could also be that healing takes place because of the faith of the one who goes for healing. But this story does not stress that point at all.
Healing power is with Jesus and he shares it with his surroundings. That is why His name is a healing, his cloak is a healing, and his shadow as well.
If Jesus is near us then even we could  be healing persons. 
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