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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 18, A.D. 2003

Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5,10
Psalm 29:1-4,9-10
Mark 8:14-21

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Do you still not understand?" (Mark 8:21)

God's ultimate plan for us reverses an old saying; instead of our going "from feast to famine" He leads us "from famine to feast." We know there is much physical hunger in this world and many programs to alleviate it. However, though millions are poured into such programs, conditions can't improve until a more basic human hunger is first satisfied -- our hunger for God. For it is a lack of Him in our lives that drives us to fill our inner void with money, possessions and experiences.

Examining conditions in areas where hunger is rampant, we see that it is not drought nor insects destroying crops that causes starvation. It is the corruption and greed of governments and officials who enrich themselves at their people's expense. Often little of the money and food given them by richer nations reaches the hungry but is added to their leaders' personal coffers.

Today's readings depict a God who sees human wickedness and decides to destroy all earth's inhabitants except for Noah, a righteous man, his family and pairs of all His creatures. History attests that despite a new beginning, sin once more prevailed. Our Gospel presents God's definitive remedy, Jesus Christ who warns His disciples (and us) to "beware the leaven of the Pharisees and Herod."

In using the word "leaven" Christ refers, on one level, to the yeast that multiplies and spreads throughout dough. But His actual meaning is that His disciples guard against the lies and corrupt values of their religious and government leaders. At first His men don't understand and thought He meant they'd forgotten to bring bread. He then reminds them of the thousands He fed in the wilderness to emphasize that He, Himself, is the bread of life sent by the Father to nourish, enlighten and preserve their souls. In brief, all must feed on the "Word of God," for only in Him can humanity's needs be fully satisfied.

Loving Father,
through Jesus who made Your perfect love for us known,
You changed mankind's history.
Open all hearts
to receive the salvation You offer us in Him.

- Marie Bocko, ocds (mlbocko@borg.com)


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