Posted by: livingscripture | February 17, 2015

Sixth Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day0 

“Jesus enjoined them, ‘Watch out, guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.’  They concluded among themselves that it was because they had no bread.”   

 (Mark 8: 15-16)   

How should we live this Wordjcheart

There is a hardness of heart tied to forgetfulness.  It is there, at the deepest center of our being that we must always keep, like fire and light, the continual memory of the great good we have received from God, beginning with our existence totally accompanied by grace in each day.  In the same way, this gratitude should also be felt even in regard to our neighbor. Our heart is the thermometer of our human and Christian authenticity.  If it is alive with attention for all that is true and far from a pharisaical attitude; if it remembers all that it has and still receives from God, then it is a healthy heart, able of form good relationships with the Lord, with others, and with all of creation.The disciples misunderstand Jesus’ words.  He is the Teacher and entirely dedicated to the truth of God’s Kingdom for the salvation of the world.  He puts them on guard against what could obscure the truth: hypocrisy, the hypocrisy that had saturated the teachings of his rabid opponents, the Pharisees and all those who paid homage to Herod.  This was a very important warning.  But the disciples did not understand it.  They were totally preoccupied about food, which in that moment was lacking, and that can be well understood because these people were ravenously hungry.  But what had embittered the Lord, was their obstinate closure.  The disciples’ hearts were fixated on the memory of two extraordinary events: the repeated multiplication of bread that Jesus had worked because of His goodness and friendship with them.  We can well understand His question, “Are your hearts hardened?”

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to keep me from falling into a frenetic pace in my life with too many things to do, and thus lose sight of what is really important.  I will ask Him to keep my heart open to Him in truth and faith, able to see the beauty, truth, and human grace that surrounds me.

Jesus, put my heart into Yours where it may burn with love for You and for all my brothers and sisters and all of creation. 

The Voice of St. Pope John Paul II to the Young People 

We must change roads and go in the direction of Christ, which is the direction of justice, of solidarity, of effort for a society and a future worthy of human beings.



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