How does Noah’s Ark speak to the situation we are in today? Well, God had asked Noah and his family to move into the Ark. They would live in tight quarters and they had no idea how long they would be on the water. While the instructions to build the Ark had many details, they did not come with a handbook for weathering the storm.
A woman always cut off the ends of a ham before putting it into the pan and setting it in the oven. She did this every holiday. When a friend asked her the reason, she looked perplexed and said, “I don’t know. My mother always did it." So the woman went to ask her mother why she trimmed the ham, and the mother replied, "Because that's what my mother, your Grandmother, did."
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In today’s gospel, Mark draws us in to feel King Herod’s fear when he learns of the miracles being performed by a man named Jesus and hears the crowd saying that this miracle-worker is John the Baptist risen from the dead. Herod was afraid. And he had reason to be afraid.
Today, we celebrate the feast of St. Agnes, who was martyred when she was only twelve or thirteen. Why was a child of this age martyred? How could she have accomplished enough in these few years?
It is said that the apostle John, in his old age, was so weak that someone would have to carry him to meetings. At the end of the meetings, someone would help him stand for his exhortation. Invariably, he would say, “Little children, let us love one another.” His disciples growing weary of hearing him say the same words, repeatedly asked him why he did it. He replied, “Because it is the Lord’s commandment, and if only this is said, it is enough.”
"Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.” Intriguingly, Luke doesn’t tell us why Mary traveled with a haste 70-80 miles to see her cousin Elizabeth?