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25th Sunday of OT (B)

‘Mirror, Mirror…’ MARK 9:30–37

A queen once gave birth to a little daughter who was indeed white as snow, red as blood and with hair black as ebony. However, the queen herself died in childbirth. Her husband, the king married another woman who was beautiful, but very proud and jealous of anyone who might rival her beauty. She had a magic mirror and often stood in front of it and asked, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who in this realm is the fairest of them all?”

Despite her beauty, her status and her power, the queen proved to be very insecure and lacked the capacity for true happiness and fulfilment. There was no one to compare with her beauty, yet, she battled against herself daily seeking reassurance and affirmation that she was indeed the most beautiful (greatest) woman alive! Unfortunately, this self doubt and insecurity led the queen to a most cruel act, attempting to take the life of an innocent child!

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