At Catholic Mass, Mark 6, 7-13 is read. After having said about Nazareth“A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own relatives, and in his own house.” He then called his 12 and said :
“Whoever will not receive you nor hear you, as you depart from there, shake off the dust that is under your feet”
This reminds me about Jesus’ aphorism in Matthew 7:6:
“Don’t give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the pigs, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces”
There are several variants of this aphorism.
As you may not want to call someone a pig, in Sicily, it is common to say “Do not throw drink water into the sea.” (In Sicilian something like “No chittari duci in mari”
Read about other Sicilian aphorisms in thesicilianway.it/
Pope Francis meditated in the Hospital, especcially over “anointed many with oil who were sick” and remembered Matthew 26. Read below.
( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from
Gospel texts below are copied from christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )
Mark 6, 7-13 says
6:7 He called to himself the twelve, and began to send them out two by two, and he gave them authority over the unclean spirits.
6:8 He commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a staff only: no bread, no wallet, no money in their purse,
6:9 but to wear sandals, and not put on two tunics.
6:10 He said to them, “Wherever you enter into a house, stay there until you depart from there.
6:11 Whoever will not receive you nor hear you, as you depart from there, shake off the dust that is under your feet for a testimony against them. Assuredly, I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!”
6:12 They went out and preached that people should repent.
6:13 They cast out many demons, and anointed many with oil who were sick, and healed them.
As at many of his Sunday Angelus homily, Pope Francis surprised. He is never boring like many Italian catholic clerks.
Pope Francis shared his very special interpretation of Marc 6,7-13 (They cast out many demons, and anointed many with oil who were sick, and healed them.) from his room at the hospital Gelmini in Rome, where he was operated on this week.
His focus was on the need for free health care we all must contribute to (with taxes), paying taxes, and its maintenance.
He reminded us about the questions that will be given at the end of time, according to Matthew 25. He obviously referred to Matthew 25:34-40 that says:
25:34 Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
25:35 for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in.
25:36 I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.’
25:37 “Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you a drink?
25:38 When did we see you as a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you?
25:39 When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?’
25:40 “The King will answer them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
As usual every Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis surprises. His attention is very often focused on the need of love and Gods love, a love that must be ours. Indeed the message of love is the main message of Jesus that he taught us how to practice fully with his commandments.
“Most certainly I tell you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
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