On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 19, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Do not allow sin to fester nor allow it to remain in your heart. Or you will be swept away and drowned. Rather step unto the Ark and the covenantal love of God, through Jesus Christ our Lord will embrace you. He will save you from the destructive torrents of sin.

There are many who carry sin with them, their hearts are far from God. Yet they justify themselves and their actions through eloquent words. They seek your support and buy-in to their ‘world’ cloaked in darkness. Some are charming about their ways and highly infectious. Be on guard! As Christ warned against the yeast of these ‘Pharisees’.

Always remember the love of our Lord Jesus Christ in whom our church is built upon. The Bread of Life who gives abundantly of Himself. Filled with His grace let us embark on our voyage to eternity with Him. Amen

First reading

Genesis 6:5-8,7:1-5,10
Noah’s Ark

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that the thoughts in his heart fashioned nothing but wickedness all day long. The Lord regretted having made man on the earth, and his heart grieved. ‘I will rid the earth’s face of man, my own creation,’ the Lord said ‘and of animals also, reptiles too, and the birds of heaven; for I regret having made them.’ But Noah had found favour with the Lord.
The Lord said to Noah, ‘Go aboard the ark, you and all your household, for you alone among this generation do I see as a good man in my judgement. Of all the clean animals you must take seven of each kind, both male and female; of the unclean animals you must take two, a male and its female (and of the birds of heaven also, seven of each kind, both male and female), to propagate their kind over the whole earth. For in seven days’ time I mean to make it rain on the earth for forty days and nights, and I will rid the earth of every living thing that I made.’ Noah did all that the Lord ordered.
Seven days later the waters of the flood appeared on the earth.

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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