MY daily reflection and prayer: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Dear my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Mark 8:14-21
Now they had forgotten to bring bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. And he cautioned them, saying, “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” And they discussed it with one another, saying, “We have no bread.” And being aware of it, Jesus said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?”
They said to him, “Twelve.” “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”
This is the Gospell of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
Mark tells us that the apostles set off in their boat across the Sea of Galilee only to discover that they forgot to bring enough food for their journey. Of course, Jesus knows the trouble and he deals with their anxiety by first warning them to not fear what can harm the body rather than what can destroy the very heart and soul of their being.
The Gospel tells us that Jesus warns his disciples to avoid the evil influence of the Pharisees and of Herod. We know that the Pharisees and of Herod seek their own counsels rather than the will of God. Jesus cautions his disciples to beware of the bread that corrupts and leads to death, such as the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.
In Perpetual Adorarion of the Eucharist while worshipping Jesus Christ as the heavenly Bread, we learn to trust in God. In him we find the most important reality of all that is God’s abiding presence with us and his abundant provision for our lives as well. Before him we pray with joyful confidence, that he gives us this day our daily bread.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, you alone can sustain us with your life-giving we accept in the Eucharist and we worship in Perpetual Adoration. Give us joy and strength us to serve you. Help us to turn away from the leaven of and worldliness which brings corruption and death now and forever. Amen.
Girli Kebon Dalem