In today’s first reading from Genesis, God instructs Noah what he needs to do to save himself, his family and all the animals from the flood. Man had become so wicked that God decided it was time to start all over again.
In the Gospel reading from Mark 8, Jesus once again seems a bit exasperated with His disciples. He says to them, “Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear?” And He finishes with, “Do you still not understand?”
My heart goes out to the disciples in this moment. Jesus was obviously frustrated that they didn’t “get it.” Oh, how He must feel the same about me on a regular basis. What don’t you understand about forgive? Is “love thy neighbor” so tough to get? Do you still not understand? Unfortunately, the answer is far too often no. Be patient with me, Lord. I’m a little slow on the uptake, but I’m trying!
Father, forgive our ignorance. Give us a greater understanding of your ways and your desires for us today. Amen.
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