When Jesus and his disciples arrived at Bethsaida,
people brought to him a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on the man and asked, "Do you see anything?”
Looking up the man replied, "I see people looking like trees and walking.” Then he laid hands on the man’s eyes a second time and he saw clearly; his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly. Then he sent him home and said, "Do not even go into the village.”
Health is an important value, but not an absolute one. We should treat our God-given body gratefully and carefully, but not be obsessed with it. (2288–2291)
Appropriate care for the health of its citizens is one of the fundamental obligations of the State, which must create living conditions in which sufficient food, sanitary housing, and basic medical care are available to all.
Many people overlook the basic needs of life because they are so busy staying healthy. Health is a necessary consideration, but it is not life itself.
The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. Jesus enjoined them, "Watch out, guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod."
They concluded among themselves that it was because they had no bread. When he became aware of this he said to them, "Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened?
Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear? And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up? "They answered him, "Twelve." "When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?" They answered him, "Seven." He said to them, "Do you still not understand?"
Jesus does not mean thereby to discredit diligent planning. In another passage, after all, he praises wise stewardship and dependable work. Moreover, Jesus himself lived as a manual labourer and worked for others. Anxious worrying about the future, in contrast, is incompatible with a Christian’s basic trust.
Drag your thoughts away from your troubles... by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.
The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.
He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” Then he left them, got into the boat again, and went off to the other shore.
God knows that we men are not only spiritual but also bodily creatures; we need signs and symbols in order to perceive and describe spiritual or interior realities. (1145–1152)
Whether it is red roses, a wedding ring, black clothing, graffiti, or AIDS bracelet — we always express our interior realities through signs and are understood immediately. The incarnate Son of God gives us human signs in which he is living and active among us: bread and wine, the water of Baptism, the anointing with the Holy Spirit. Our response to God’s sacred signs instituted by Christ consists in signs of reverence: genuflecting, standing while listening to the Gospel, bowing, folding our hands. And as though for a wedding we decorate the place of God’s presence with the most beautiful things we have: flowers, candles, and music. In any case, signs also require words to interpret them.
Jesus gave many signs by which the people could recognize God's work. Some of them we find today in the sacraments of the Church. But the life of Jesus Himself was and is the greatest sign of all!
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