Tuesday 14 February 2017

Tue 14th. Ss Cyril and Methodius. Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10. The Lord will bless his people with peace—Ps 28(29):1-4, 9-10. Mark 8:14-21.

Readings

‘Are your hearts hardened?’

The disciples struggled to accept Jesus’ demonstration of the abundance that was always available to them. St Ignatius reminded his friends to constantly be aware of their human gifts—intelligence, sensibility and decisiveness. He used all his talent to bring others to the point of loving service of God. Jesus wants us, too, to understand the surplus we can draw upon through faith in his presence.

We are bombarded with many enticing ideas and confusing information. Our egos are lured into the lands of status and wealth. Our hearts are hardened away from the loving care of family and friends. We so easily risk becoming blind and deaf to the love of Jesus. Today’s Gospel calls us to remember our blessings, and to re-direct our energies back into that enfolding love of Jesus. Offering prayers to the Holy Spirit will help us recognise the presence of Jesus throughout our day.

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