Jesus is our leaven


FEBRUARY 16, 2021 

Tuesday – Week Six

WORD of the DAY 

The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. Jesus enjoined them, “Watch out, guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”  They concluded among themselves that it was because they had no bread. When he became aware of this he said to them, “Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear? And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?” They answered him, “Twelve.” “When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?” They answered him, “Seven.” He said to them, “Do you still not understand?” (Mark 8: 14 – 21)

How shall I live this Word?  

One loaf of bread in a boat full of disciples…Jesus is not understood. It seems the one loaf is central, and that it is too little for everyone. Meanwhile the Teacher is not thinking about  the lack of bread, nor does He look for the one who has not done the shopping well. He speaks of another yeast and the dough of the disciples, a yeast that makes the dough ferment, even if each one has something that ferments life, that gives it density, that transforms it into a fullness of taste, not all yeasts are good. The recommendation that Jesus is making to His disciples is to know how to keep away from the yeast that does not ferment life in the right way.

Teacher, grant that we may not be more concerned about bread than about the meaning of life, because this is what very often makes us ‘sated and desperate’, rather than grateful and happy.

The Voice of  Fëdor Dostoevsky,  writer

Love life more than its logic, only then will you understand its meaning.

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