Genesis 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 10, Psalm 29:1-4, 10, Mark 8:14-21
Genesis 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 10
My Beloved, evil is like the tide there is an ebb and a flow. Sometimes it feels that man prefers to rut, grunt and mingle with swine giving in to all that is basest in him rather than to soar to the highest heights. All it requires is to let go of self discipline and self control and before one knows it everything that is decent, noble and good is swallowed and drowned in the flood of evil.
Beloved, does God look at our world today and regret having created us? Does His heart grieve when He sees how far we have drifted from the Way, the Truth and the Life that He sent into the world to save and redeem us.. Does He find anyone who is pleasing to Him as Noah was and so He stills the hand of His wrath that could annihilate us into oblivion?
Too great a price was paid my Lord. He could not do it not when we have You as our Savior and Intercessor who pleads with Him day and night. Thank You for the Church which keeps us safe even when evil seemingly swallows the earth. The Church will bring us to safe harbor.
Thank You for the Season of Lent. We need these 40 days each year to contemplate God's unfathomable love for us sinners.
Psalm 29:1-4, 10
My Beloved, no matter how high the waves or how stormy the seas You are God You ride on the winds and You quell the waves with one command, "Be still!" You are the Master. You remain with us in the Boat of St. Peter, You will speak to us through Your Church You have established and where Your faithful gather to worship God offering Him the most pleasing and acceptable Sacrifice of His Son - the Lamb without blemish or stain. We are privileged to eat Your Flesh and drink Your Blood and become One with You our King who reigns in us and over us now and forever.
My Beloved, over and over again you have cause to say to us, "Do you still not understand?" Despite all the experiences we have had of Your providence in our lives we still worry about everything. We are stressed and anxious. You dwell in the fullness of Truth in the Church You founded and over 2000 years we have seen how marvelously You have worked within the Church and individually among her members and we still do not get it.
Here You are telling Your disciples to guard against false teaching using the analogy of leaven and they do not have the good sense to know that You would hardly be speaking about insufficient bread after they had witnessed two miracles of the multiplication of loaves. In the first You fed 5000 with five loaves and two fish with 12 baskets leftover and in the section You fed 4000 with 7 loaves and had 7 baskets of leftovers. Like children You had to refresh their memories.
I am just like the disciples Lord. I need to refresh my memory often recalling all the miracles You have worked for me and reminding myself that I can trust You always.