Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 18, A.D. 2003
Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5,10
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
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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