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Tuesday, 16th February

Jesus is Enough

– Tuesday of the 6th week of Ordinary Time –

Now the disciples had forgotten to bring any bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out—beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.” They said to one another, “It is because we have no bread.” And becoming aware of it, Jesus said to them, “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive or understand? [Mark 8:14-17]

I have to confess that the first time I read this passage, I thought it was completely reasonable that the disciples would worry about having only brought one loaf of bread on to the boat! After all, isn’t it reasonable to be concerned about making sure that our own needs in regards to the essentials in life (food, clothing, shelter, etc.) are being met? Particularly when you’ve been thrown into a new, unexpected and surprising situation?

Jesus responds quite strongly to the disciples here, and reminds them of the miracles of the feeding of the five thousand and the feeding of the four thousand, despite having such limited resources at hand. These reminders help us remember that no matter how pressing we might think a need is in our lives, there is nothing we need more than Jesus. Having Jesus in our life is enough!

Do you have anything in your life which you are unduly worrying about? Can you sympathise with the experience of the disciples here as they worry over their one loaf of bread? Hand these worries over to Jesus in prayer today and ask for the Holy Spirit to bring you a sense of peace as he gently responds – do not worry about these small things, I’ve got this. Trust in me.

By Melissa Ledwich

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