Memory of the Mother of the Lord

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Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Mark 8,14-21

The disciples had forgotten to take any bread and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. Then he gave them this warning, 'Keep your eyes open; look out for the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.' And they said to one another, 'It is because we have no bread.' And Jesus knew it, and he said to them, 'Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not understand, still not realise? Are your minds closed? Have you eyes and do not see, ears and do not hear? Or do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of scraps did you collect?' They answered, 'Twelve.' 'And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets full of scraps did you collect?' And they answered, 'Seven.' Then he said to them, 'Do you still not realise?'

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The evangelist is narrating one of the many crossings of the lake that Jesus made with his disciples. But this time -- as if to focus attention on Jesus, the true bread of life - Mark notes that the disciples had forgotten to take bread enough for all. This bread, the evangelist seems to say, is Jesus. But when we are caught up in ourselves and in our own discussions and complaints, we even forget Jesus and marginalize him from our life. Mark also mentions the discussion that arose between them as to who was to blame for the oversight. But Jesus intervened on the matter and used it for a new teaching. He rebuked them, "Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear?" Jesus unites in a direct way eyes, ears and heart. But the heart is the source of both sight and hearing. For if the heart is hardened, we cannot see or hear. We need to have an open heart, a heart not full of itself, not poisoned by pride and self-sufficiency. Only with a free heart can we understand what is happening around the Gospel. We need also to "remember" the works and miracles of God to be able to understand the presence of Jesus, who is the bread of eternal life. The disciples had the true bread with them but did not realize it. This was true, not just a symbol. The "bread" was there among them. So much so that Jesus reminds them of the miracle of the multiplication of the bread he had just performed so that they can understand that Jesus is the "living bread, come down from heaven."