Ord. Wk 6th,  Tuesday, 14th February,2017  (Mk 8:14-21)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Jesus -  Bread of Life: In today’s Gospel, Jesus reprimanded His disciples for not understanding the significance of the differentmiracles of the multiplication of Loaves, in which Jesus is the True Bread of Life that offers Eternal Life.  While food sustains us, the True Bread that gives us Eternal Life, is Jesus.  How much do we value the gift of the Eucharist?

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

The disciples had forgotten to take any bread and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. Then Jesus gave them this warning, ‘Keep your eyes open; look out for 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 still not understand, still not realise? Are your minds closed? Have you eyes and do not see, ears and do not hear? Or do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for 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, ‘Do you still not realize?’

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • In today’s Gospel Jesus reproached His disciples for their lack of trust in God when they began to worry about having insufficient bread despite witnessing Jesus’ two recent miraculous feedings. 

  • It is easy to lose sight of our focus when we are confronted with secular problems and needs.  The disciples forgot the most important reality of all – Jesus’ very presence with them. 

  • How confident are you when you pray, “Father, give us this day our daily bread”? Is this trust in the Lord evident in your daily living and especially when you are in a crisis?