Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
(James 1:12-18; Mark 8:14-21)
A short story tells of a couple who church hopped. They began as members of a Methodist church. As their social status increased, they joined the Episcopal Church. By the end of the story they weren’t going to church at all. In one sense the couple is like the disciples in the Gospel of Mark. They do not understand the meaning of knowing Jesus.
Although the disciples eagerly answered Jesus’ call, they cannot grasp what he teaches them. Jesus has shown that God provides for those who trust is in Him. Yet they worry about bread when Jesus, God’s anointed son, accompanies them. The couple of the story find Christ aiding their upward social mobility. Although their motive is not apparent here, the disciples see him as their ticket to fame and fortune. For this reason Jesus warns them about become inflated like leaven in dough.
We too must take care that we go to church for the right reason. We believe that there we encounter Jesus, our creator and redeemer. He is the only one worthy of our full attention. Furthermore, following his way of humility and love leads us to eternal life.