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

⏰Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (14 Feb 2017 – Memorial of Ss Cyril & Methodius)

????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)

How did things get so bad that God would regret creating man (cf. Gen 6:6)? At the end of creation, God looked at all that he had done, and indeed, it was very good (Gen 1:31).

However, great evil arose on earth and the extent and consequence of that as reported in Gen 6:5-8 show that all were involved except one person, Noah. Through the influence of many, the world would come to be destroyed but through the influence of one good man, Noah, humanity would be preserved.

Today is the popular day known as the Valentine Day. The memorial of St. Valentine was placed today to abolish the ancient pagan practice where boys used to draw the names of girls in honour of their goddess, Februata Juno, on February 15. Unfortunately, Many are going to celebrate evil today in the name of celebrating love. Are we not going back to the same pagan worship in the name of a celebration of love today?
What it means to celebrate love is to reach out to those who are in need and help them. But the world has turned it into a day for free adultery and fornication. Jesus warned us in the Gospel of the danger of following the world and thinking like it (cf. Mark 8:14-21).

Ss. Cyril and Methodius, whose Memorial the Church, in fact, celebrates today, heard the call by Jesus, “Follow me!” (Mark 1:17) and followed the footsteps of Jesus by feeding people, especially the Slavs with the Word of God and converting them for Christ.

Just before we fail into temptation and blame the devil later, we pray that God may make us real instruments of love, helping out in alleviating the pains of those in need and letting all we meet today see the face of Christ in us. Amen.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you dear. Peace be with you.

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