Reflection on Mark 8:14-21 ~
I am sure that you have had personal desperate situations in your life, but you were comforted before it got overwhelming. Jesus teaches us that if we trust Him, then we will be at peace. Yet, it seems like the cycle is new each time, as we only remember to look towards Jesus late in the process. It is typically when we begin to get emotional do we then pray and reach out for help. My tendency is to try on my own, but as I look back on the results, I know I should engage and count on Jesus earlier in the process.
Mark 8 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod
14 Now the disciples had forgotten to bring any bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15 And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out—beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.” 16 They said to one another, “It is because we have no bread.” 17 And becoming aware of it, Jesus said to them, “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?” They said to him, “Twelve.” 20 “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?” And they said to him, “Seven.” 21 Then he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Mark 8:14-21.