We have a dramatic scene in today’s Gospel. Jesus and His disciples are walking along and a woman comes up to them, in hysterics. She is crying with the intensity of a mother whose child needs help. She is not a Jew, but she must have heard of this Wonder Worker who cures people.
Today we read the story of the Transfiguration. I often wonder why the Apostles were so surprised by what they saw on that mountain. They discovered - beyond, behind and within - the Man they had known for so long. It was a moment of insight.
Today, we have a sower who went out to sow seeds. According to the parable, he wasn’t very careful. He tosses the seeds wildly, helter skelter. All over they fall on exposed soil. First rocky, thorn choked soil and then, almost by accident rich soil.
Two men sit in a bar. They’re good friends, like brothers. After a few drinks, one says to the other, “Tell me what hurts me.” The other replies, “How do I know what hurts you?” The first man replies, “If you do not know what hurts me, how can you be my best friend?”