All The Small Things

Dating God

Vatican Pope For Lunch-2I have to admit that I’ve always been a little perplexed by the frequent appearance in the Gospels that we hear in today’s selection from Mark (Mark 7:31-37). In one form or another, we are often told that Jesus tells those he’s healed and bystanders not to relay what has happened, and inevitably the word spreads like wildfire: “He ordered them not to tell anyone. But the more he ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it.”

There is a cynical part of me that has always gravitated toward reading this as some sort of divine “reverse psychology.” In a way, we might imagine an ironical Jesus going about the countryside telling people not to say anything about how they were suddenly healed or made whole with the intention of doing precisely that.

Yet, there is something unsettling about that way of interpreting the Gospel. Another way that I’ve often interpreted…

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