February 18, 2014
Jesus said to His disciples, “Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear?” Mk 8:14-21
Maybe it happens to all of us at times. Sometimes the Scriptures just don’t make any sense. I’m pretty sure I understand the main gist of the readings, but the words, uggggh. Maybe it has just been translated too many times. Today is one of those days. The first reading from the Epistle of James, seems to make absolutely no literary sense. And Jesus’ discussion with the disciples sounds like people speaking to each other in different languages.
Today the disciples and Jesus are out in a boat and they forgot to bring the bread. While they’re discussing that, Jesus uses the bakery terminology to stress the need for caution around the Pharisees and Herod. But the disciples can’t figure out what this has to do with their food supply. Jesus comes back with the fact that FOOD is really not the issue. He’s pleading with them to STOP stressing out on food when they knew He has the ability to feed thousands with next to nothing and still have left overs. Must have seemed to Jesus like trying to explain the theory of relativity to a bunch of infants!
Ever get those days, beloved, when you just wished you never opened your mouth?
St. James said, “desire conceives and brings forth sin, and when sin reaches maturity it gives birth to death.” Jas 1:12-18
Wow, we’ve got a whole lifetime there, from desire to conception, then birth to maturity, then sin to death – but in an awfully awkward order! So where’s the peanut butter and jelly???
hmmmm . . .
God bless the literary geniuses!
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