We are all far more complex and contradictory than any one label. When we see others as a person, not a type, we can appreciate them as a gift. When we see our neighbor as a type instead of a person, we are able to countenance all kinds of evil. A reflection on Mark 12:38-44.
As seen in Abraham, Moses, and a nameless woman in today's gospel, faith is dynamic, lively, full of ups and downs - like any relationship. And yet it also puts us in touch with our neighbor and a God who loves both justice and mercy. A reflection on Mark 7:24-37.
In Mark 3:20-35, Jesus describes himself as a burglar who is breaking into a house, binding the strong man, and plundering everything he finds. What!? A reflection on what holds us captive and those things that we need Jesus to tie up and deliver us from.