Saint for the day: Giles Mary of St. Joseph (November 16, 1729 – February 7, 1812)
James 1:12-18 – Psalm 94 – Mark 8:14-21
In the BBC series, “Planet Earth” I watched the segment “Oceans Deep” and was amazed that even the experts haven’t really grasped the vast realms of all the oceans.. I think of this as a simile for Heaven. Space is another side of the same equation: we haven’t even scratched the surface of the vastness of either the oceans or space. Yet we are busy disturbing both with our clumsy footprints. If I were God I think I’d really be ticked! I think I’d just let the people destroy it on their own – we are already well on the way – and then start over again.
If this scenario was to play out, how would God start over or would He just say, “That’s it! I’ve given them too many second chances. Now they’ve really blown it!” God might be angry but Jesus is the key to “pushing ahead.” But He gives us fair warning to be careful to avoid the yeast of the Pharisees – or Herod. Interesting that He puts the Pharisees & Herod in the same sentence: the religious absolutes & the absolute evil man-Herod.
Maybe this is a warning for us to be more honest in our “Religiosity” and to avoid evil deeds. The Pharisees couldn’t “see” Jesus because they were unable to look beyond the words of the Lord and therefore missed the word make flesh. Herod only saw everything as a potential risk to his ill-gotten fame and in the end he was eaten up from the inside by his own greed. The law is a means to an end not the end in itself. Leven in overdose kills rather than being that which subtly changes us into something beautiful for God. Amen!