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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 17, A.D. 2004


Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

James 1:12-18
Psalm 94:12-15,18-19
Mark 8:14-21


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

I think today's Gospel is a difficult one for us to really comprehend...Jesus warns the disciples to be wary of the leaven or bread of the Pharisees and Herod. The disciples, confused, assumes He is talking about the lack of bread they have on the trip with them. But he quickly admonishes them saying that the lack of bread is no issue for Him, to remember the 'Loaves and the Fishes' -- so the disciples are left to figure out what He means.

Leaven is an agent, like yeast, that causes batter or dough to rise, it works to subtly modify. In a certain way, one's inner spirit and motivations is the 'leaven' which influences the world around us. Before we see the material evidence or the physical results of our actions, there will have been unseen forces at work within, a 'leaven' which will have contributed to our outer world. Inviting the Holy Spirit into our hearts, we can be sure that we're using 'good' leaven in our hearts. And with good leaven we'll see with the eyes of our heart, our very soul, the Truth surrounding us which will make our journey a fruitful one and full of Love.

- Cliodhna Doyle
(clia at cliadoyle dot com)

http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/

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