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8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk 2/14-22

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It's quite by accident that this Gospel appears on the Sunday before Lent starts, but it is appropriate as a warning that we should not parade our penances for everyone to see and admire. It also tells us at least indirectly that we would be a lot better off and so would everyone who has to put up with us if we complained a lot less.

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Once upon a time two couples who lived in empty nests decided to spend a couple of weeks in the desert during the worst part of winter. They had bright hopes of playing tennis and golf, hiking in the hills, riding horses, swimming every day an exorcising all the demons of winter under the gentle warmth of the desert sun. Well, there plane was an hour late landing because the airport was closed by rain and high winds. That was only the beginning. All the locals said we really needed the rain for the wild flowers and to avert brush fires. The visitors held their peace till they heard that for about the fortieth time. One of the men said they were taking money in the city on the false pretense that it was warm in the winter. They went hiking one day and found themselves caught in a downpour - with lightening and thunder. Then they tried horseback riding, but the horses were so frightened by the snow that they wouldn't leave the stable. The golf course was flooded. So there was nothing else to grin and bear it and play bridge. The problem with that was that one of the men was so furious about the bad weather that he spent most of the time complaining and hence missed several opportunities to make a bid because he wasn't paying attention. Pretty soon no one was talking to one another. Finally the snow and the rain and winds ended and the sun came out. It was the last day of their trip.

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