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Liturgical day: Tuesday 6th inOrdinary Time

Gospel text (Mk 8,14-21): Then Jesus warned them, «Keep your eyes open and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod». And they said to one another, «He saw that we have no bread». The disciples had forgotten to bring more bread and had only one loaf with them in the boat. Then Jesus warned them, «Keep your eyes open and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod». And they said to one another, «He saw that we have no bread». Aware of this, Jesus asked them, «Why are you talking about the loaves you are short of? Do you not see or under­stand? Are your minds closed? Have you eyes that don't see and ears that don't hear? And do you not remem­ber when I broke the five loaves among five thousand? How many baskets full of leftovers did you collect?». They answered, «Twelve». «And having seven loaves for the four thousand, how many wicker baskets of leftovers did you collect?». They answered, «Seven». Then Jesus said to them, «Do you still not understand?».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today some disciples get into the boat with Jesus. They forgot though to take some bread for the sailing. When Jesus warns them against the “leaven” (the dangers) of the Pharisees, they think the Lord is telling them off for their short memory and their forgetting the provisions for the voyage.

The Lord is inviting us to get less worried about the bread (the telephone, our shoes…) and attend more to “the bread of Truth”, without letting us be fooled by the shiny little crystals of life that invade our heart.