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The Living Dead

by Fr. Jack McArdle with Aneel Aranha

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed. (Luke 4:18)

There was a man in a psychiatric hospital. One of his problems was that he believed he was dead. The psychiatrist tried every trick in the book to convince him otherwise, but nothing could change his mind. Finally, as he gave it much thought, he got an idea.

He got the man to agree that a corpse is lifeless, and therefore, not having any blood, it cannot bleed. Having got a clear acceptance of that simple fact, the psychiatrist proceeded to establish the point. He got a pin, took the man's finger, and pricked him with it hard enough to draw blood. He squeezed the finger until the blood was clearly evident, and he then proclaimed, "Now can you see? That's blood. You are bleeding."

The man looked at the blood in apparent disbelief, and then he turned to the psychiatrist with a look of amazement, and said "Well, what do you know! Corpses can bleed!"

Some of us are blind and cannot see. They can be given sight. But others have eyes and refuse to see. Which one are you?

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