Today’s Gospel Reading: Mark 8:14-21 – Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Jesus warns His disciples against being infected by the skepticism and cynicism of the Pharisees who had turned religion into a game.
In today’s reading we see the disciples fret about not having enough to eat, even though Jesus has fed big crowds on two different occasions (see Mark 6:30-44 and 8:1-10). “Hasn’t experience taught you anything?” Jesus seems to say. “Where is your trust that I care about you and will take care of you?” How much trust do we have in Jesus?”
Jesus also uses the disciples’ physical hunger to speak of a deeper spiritual hunger that can be satisfied by the Eucharist.
The eucharistic celebration that gives us spiritual nourishment is more than the reception of communion. It is hearing the Word, gathering with fellow-Christians, renewing our common covenant with the Lord, identifying our lives with the death and Resurrection of Jesus and receiving from the one bread and cup – the entire ensemble of moments provides the strength we need for our spiritual journey.
Faithful celebration of the Eucharist works its own miracle in our lives. The miracle of conversion is the gradual turning from death to a life that is deathless.
Jakarta, 13 February 2018
A Christian Pilgrim