Mk 8:14-21 Do You Still Not Understand?
The disciples forgot to bring bread with them on their journey by boat. Jesus reminds them about the miracle of the loaves. All they need is one loaf. Actually, all they need is one crumb. They need nothing else because God is sufficient. He is enough for us. With God, nothing is impossible, nothing is lacking for nothing was at the beginning of Creation.
Be careful. Watch out! Do not be seduced by the present powers, by temporal possessions, or by the current administration. The Church, throughout the centuries, has seen them all come and go. The Church was there when Columbus sailed the ocean blue. It was there when not a single Christian lived in North and South America. She saw the birth of many languages such as Italian and French. She even helped to create the Slovak language. She saw the birth of nations – England, France, Spain, and Italy to name just a few. The Church was there with the rise and fall of the British Empire, the Nazi power; Fascist rule. She saw with her own eyes the Coliseum dressed in marble and adorned with statues. She traveled alongside Marco Polo and sent missionaries (well before any foreign diplomats) to the remotest of places. The Church witnessed many revolutions: the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and of course the Communist Revolution. Western civilization owes so much to the Church. It was the faith that helped them turn on the light well before their so-called Enlightenment. In summary, the Catholic Church throughout the centuries has seen nations come and go, leaders rise and fall, and modern theories become classic textbook examples of human failures and rational myths.
Today, two thousand years later, the Lord’s words continue to be light to my feet, sweet to my ears and lift up my heart because it is simple: With God, nothing is impossible. These words continue to resonate soundly. They continue to hit home with those who have ears to hear and eyes to see. The Lord’s words, first spoken then written so long ago, continue to have authority because they continue to penetrate into the heart of reality; the meaning of life. Christ’s actions show authority because they truly change lives, and to live is what we all have in common - yesterday, today and forever. Times have changed and eras have come and gone, but man continues to be born the same way the first man was born: naked, cold and frightened. We are born in a foreign land but with so much that reminds of our Home. Christ’s life is of interest to all because He reveals better than anyone who we are and who we are called to be. The only requirement needed; the only prerequisite required is that we use the God given eyes and ears we have to see and to hear the Good News before we begin to fail. Be careful; watch out that your heart not harden or that your tongue grow wicked and your senses – common sense grow weary. This is the only sin that cannot be forgiven: the sin of eyes that care not see or ears that do not hear. Use what the Lord has given to you – all that he has given to you – to see with New Eyes, New Ears, and New Hearts.
Christ is the most real, the most alive, the most satisfying man and God to all. He invites us to be like Him.
“Do you still not understand?”