“BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES…” (Mark 8:15)

⏰Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (19 February 2019)

📖Gen 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 10; Ps 29:1a and 2, 3ac-4, 3b and 9c-10 (R.v.11b); Mark 8:14-21

🎤”BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES…” (Mark 8:15)

At the end of creation, God looked at all that he had done, and indeed, it was very good (Gen 1:31). One would then begin to wonder why things went so bad to the extent that God regretted creating man (Gen 6:6).

That was because of the great evil that existed on earth. That increased to a great extent with the intermarriage between the sons of god and the daughters of man (Gen 6:1-2). The extent of the evil and the consequence of that as reported in Gen 6:5-8 show that all were involved but one person, Noah.

Through the influence of many, the world would be destroyed but through the influence of one good man, Noah, humanity would be preserved.

Good or bad influence can build or destroy. It all depends on the choice one makes. Anyone who chooses to give room to bad influence would definitely be walking through a tight rope of destruction. Remember the saying, tell me your friend and I will tell you what you are.

By warning his disciples against the leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod, Jesus was referring to the evil influence of those groups, with their inclination towards signs and wonders. Are you in the category of “seeing is believing?” That makes you faithless and can lead you into error.

As Christians, Jesus calls us to follow him and not to follow signs and wonders or miracle workers. Our goal is to follow him into heaven and anything that constitutes a distraction could be considered as evil.

May the Lord deliver us from every evil and grant us peace in our days, and in his great mercy, keep us free from sin and safe from all distress, and grant us eternal life in the end. Amen.

Have a victorious day over the antics of the deceiver. Peace be with you.

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