The good news for the day February 14, 2017
Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time (336)
When his followers forgot to bring bread—they had only one loaf with them in the boat—Jesus remarked: “Watch out, be on your guard against the leaven of religious leaders (Pharisees) and the leaven of politics (Herod).” They came to the conclusion that he was talking about the fact that they forgot bread. When he realized this, he said to them, “Whatever led you to think that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet understand—get it? Are your hearts so hardened? Do you have eyes that do not see, ears that do not hear? Don’t you remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many wicker baskets full of pieces you picked up?” They answered him, “A dozen.” “When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many full baskets of pieces did you pick up?” They answered him, “Seven.” He said, “Do you still not understand?” (Mark 8)
Here is where you put your heart to work? Do YOU have eyes and ears to grasp the poem, the significance of the “bread”—what it means to YOU?
The Good News—the Extreme Good News—remains your discovery that the Bread of Jesus is not bread on the table—but something else—more mysterious, more life-giving, and more important by far than breakfast or supper. It is the shared brokenness, the spread of care and kindness, the giving of what you have—and what you are—handing the goodies down the table of life to one another. The Good News involves your acceptance poverty, of self-denial, of giving yourself—and of the Cross. His bread is about courage to be principled and quiet and good. As a Child of God, you avoid joining the Majority, stop being passive to injustice. You end your Life as a goer-alonger—but become someone willing to live in the confusion and joy of messy human mystery.
There is a “leaven”—a yeast of superiority, disdain, weakness, and ego—that comes from being nourished badly by “religious leaders” (Pharisees) and “politics” (Herodians). You belong with Jesus as a Child of heaven, a worshipper whose values come from eternity. You are free of this world. You are in love.