Feb 13 (Mk 8:14-21)

The onion is one of the most simple and commonly available vegetables.

>> It is widely used, especially in the preparation of a number of Indian dishes.

It’s interesting to notice the structure of an onion: it is formed as a result of several layers.

>> If one tries to peel off one layer after another, the result would be, that one would be left with nothing…

… just emptiness!

Our Christian life sometimes is represented by an onion…formed in layers.

>> Christ peels our life like an onion to make us realize our emptiness.

The Gospel of the Day presents this experience of the disciples, in the presence of Jesus, their Master…

… an experience of being peeled to find themselves in emptiness

…an experience of being unlayered to find themselves in blankness

Jesus is off on the boat again, with His disciples, to travel to the other shore (Mk 8:13)

>> The disciples had forgotten to bring bread along with them, and they had only one loaf with them. (Mk 8:14).

Jesus, meanwhile, began to make use of the time of journey, for rendering a teaching on True Discipleship.

Incidentally, He spoke on the need to be aware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod…

… the leaven of malice and wickedness (1 Cor 5:8)

… the leaven of deception and misleading (Gal 5:8-9)

The disciples, however, got it all wrong.

Their minds were still focused on the bread.

>> They were still figuring how out, how they missed to get bread.

>> They were still trying to see how they could all adjust, with one bread.

And so, when Jesus spoke of leaven, one of the main ingredients in bread, they thought that Jesus was chastising them, for not having taken bread.

But Jesus now shows the disciples what is to be the main focus…

He makes them realize what was more important and needed.

The disciples were more concerned with food and security.

The disciples were more interested in material needs and concerns.

But the Lord, now, begins to peel these layers, in the Disciples, as that in an onion!

… the layers of only material concerns

… the layers of only worldly needs

… the layers of only earthly apprehensions.

The disciples are concerned that they have only one bread…

But they fail to see that they have the One and Only Bread of Life!

The disciples are concerned that their food may not be sufficient…

>> But they failed to see that they have the One who multiplied bread for four thousands and five thousands!

They failed to understand!

>> They failed to look beyond!

In our life journey, we too sometimes fall short of material and earthly needs.

• Do we also get perplexed and anxious like the disciples?

• Do we also fail to see beyond and realize the more important needs of life?

• Do we also fail to understand that the presence of the Lord matters much more than any other earthly aspect?

We too need to be peeled of our layers of only material concerns.

>> We too need to be peeled of our layers of only worldly matters.

Let us fill the emptiness of our lives with the Love and Spirit of the Lord.

>> Let us fill the vacuum within us, with the Peace and Passion for the Lord.

God bless! Live Jesus!

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