Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (16th February, 2021) on the Gospel


Gen 6:5-8;7:1-5.10;

Ps 28:1-4.9-10. (R. v.11);

Mk 8:14-21.

Topic: Our trust in God.

Jesus warned His disciples while in a boat, “Watch out – beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.” They thought He said this because they hadn’t enough bread. Jesus queried,

Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand.... And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?

The disciples had witnessed a number of miracles yet when Jesus warned them against the teachings of the Pharisees and Herod (cf. Matt 16:12) they thought it was because they had not enough bread. Sometimes we also see ourselves behave in the same way forgetting all He has done in us and around us. We need not be afraid because He is always faithful, cf. Ps 31:5; 2Tim 2:12-13.

We suffer trials for the genuineness of our faith to be revealed, cf. 1Pt 1:6-7.

Bible Reading: 2Tim 2:1-13.

Thought for today: How strong is your faith in God?

Let us pray: God, help us through the prayers of Saints Cyril and Methodius to be always faithful – Amen.

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