On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 13, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Too often when trouble assails or trials come we hear some say it is God testing us. Likewise when they succumb to sinful desires it was the Lord who sent too great a temptation. What sort of faith is that?! Who is this God they have a ‘relationship’ with?

The Lord our God is Holy and pure and Holiness is His will for us. And so on our pilgrim journey back to Him, we seek to grow in holiness by praying, listening and living His Word for us. To be examples for one another. We need to stand guard against those who would try to lead us astray.

Let us always seek His way and His truth. To see and perceive all things through the eyes of our Lord Jesus Christ of whom we love and serve. Amen

First reading

James 1:12-18
Temptation is not from God

Happy the man who stands firm when trials come. He has proved himself, and will win the prize of life, the crown that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Never, when you have been tempted, say, ‘God sent the temptation’; God cannot be tempted to do anything wrong, and he does not tempt anybody. Everyone who is tempted is attracted and seduced by his own wrong desire. Then the desire conceives and gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it too has a child, and the child is death.
Make no mistake about this, my dear brothers: it is all that is good, everything that is perfect, which is given us from above; it comes down from the Father of all light; with him there is no such thing as alteration, no shadow of a change. By his own choice he made us his children by the message of the truth so that we should be a sort of first-fruits of all that he had created.

Gospel

Mark 8:14-21
Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod

The disciples had forgotten to take any food and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. Then he gave them this warning, ‘Keep your eyes open; be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.’ And they said to one another, ‘It is because we have no bread.’ And Jesus knew it, and he said to them, ‘Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you not yet understand? Have you no perception? Are your minds closed? Have you eyes that do not see, ears that do not hear? Or do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of scraps did you collect?’ They answered, ‘Twelve.’ ‘And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets full of scraps did you collect?’ And they answered, ‘Seven.’ Then he said to them, ‘Are you still without perception?’

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