This homily is based on Mark 7:31-37.
I’ve been thinking about Cristy these days. I don’t think I will ever forget what I saw when I last visited her in the hospital. I had been warned about her, but I was shocked anyway. She wasn’t at all the Cristy I knew. Her cancer had ravaged her body: All skin and bones, she stared at me with one eye, the other forced shut by the growing tumor in her brain.