Alternative Facts?

Monday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time (Mark 3:22-30)

Every now and then, I hear people mentioning a strange affliction that seems to affect their spouses, children or friends from time to time. They call the affliction “selective hearing” or “selective deafness”. The afflicted person will only respond to things that are pleasant to hear. Things that might be the least bit demanding, however, are met with this odd “deafness”. None of the people who have mentioned this have found a cure. They would be most grateful if a cure was discovered.

“Selective deafness” is usually something we can all smile about. We’ve encountered it; others may have told us that we have it. The symptoms are fairly benign, much of the time. But not always.  Continue reading “Alternative Facts?”