Readings for Monday February 14, 2011

Memorial of Saint Cyril, monk, and Saint Methodius, bishop

First Reading: Genesis 4:1-15, 25
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 50
Gospel: Mark 8:11-13

The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” Then he left them, got into the boat again, and went off to the other shore. (Mk 8:11-13)

In today's gospel reading, we see the scribes and the pharisees asking for a sign from heaven to test him. Apparently Jesus curing all those who simply touch his tassels, feeding thousands of people with a few loaves and fish, and the endless wisdom of this man were not enough of a sign for them. As had as it is to believe, they wanted more. They were just blind to who Jesus really was, they ignored all that He was doing because He didn't fit their idea of what the Messiah should be like, and herein lies the ultimate danger.

Many times we too act like the scribes and pharisees, always seeking more. Many times we are not content with what God gives us, or we are blind to the answered prayers all because it may not have been what we pictured or even wanted. But we can always be assured that God always gives us the things that we need, and many times those things that we need are the things that we truly want in life.

Let us each be careful not to fall into the trap that the scribes and pharisees feel into and always asking more of Jesus when we haven't even taken time to stop and reflect on what He has already done for us.

Father above, we thank you and praise you for the gift of this day. We praise you for all of your blessings and answered prayers; please help to open our eyes to your mighty deeds in our life. Lord, may we always be granted the courage and strength to be your lights in this world, and to never be afraid to share the good news with all those we come in contact with. We thank you, and praise you for your glory Lord. We ask this all through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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