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dc.contributor.authorShanahan, Tom, S.J.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 336en_US
dc.description.abstract|In today's reading from Mark's gospel, Jesus chides the disciples for their lack of understanding.  They seem to be frustrating Jesus by being opaque to his message to them.  They seemed to have missed who he was and what he was ultimately about.  In this central part of the gospel things are heating up for Jesus' ministry and he has the Pharisees and Scribes' attention; and theirs is not a good attention.   |Up to this point in the gospel, Jesus has earned some following among the people; they seem to be attracted to him or at least intrigued by him.  However, from chapter 8 onwards Jesus experiences people turning away from him (including the disciples themselves). |What follows in chapters 8 to 10 spells out this misunderstanding on the part of his close followers.  In each chapter (8 to 10), Jesus announces that he will enter Jerusalem and there he will be sentenced to death and, ultimately, be raised from the dead.  After each of these revelations, the disciples misunderstand or downright deny what he is saying and three times he responds by spelling out what it means to be his disciple. |There is a similarity in these three movements: Jesus' revelation; their misunderstanding; Jesus' teaching about what it means to be a disciple.  Discipleship means humbly trusting his care and love for them and receiving his call to respond to that love by serving others.  He models this service for them as he responds to people in need of his ministry.|How frustrating it must have been for Jesus to see how profoundly they misunderstood him.  He has spent so much time with them, taught them well, nurtured them, and, presumably would have expected that they got his message.  But clearly, they did not.|I am reminded of a long-gone experience in my life.  In my junior year of high school, a Jesuit scholastic, Mr. Tom Caldwell, S.J., valiantly tried to teach me Greek with which I was struggling.  I was so opaque to understanding what he was teaching yet he was so wonderfully patient with me.  He taught so well and insistently, but it ended up being "Greek to me" as they say.  I would get it later, but was not ready for it at that time.|And, ultimately, the disciples got it, but only after Jesus' death and resurrection.  Prior to that, they continued their classic misunderstanding of who Jesus really was.  They were divided and split from Jesus by the cruel crucifixion, and returned only after the resurrection.  But they did return and that means everything.  |Jesus, come to my misunderstandings of who you are and how I am called to follow you.  This is my desire, but it eludes me so often, and I forget your call choosing my ways over yours.  Be with me as I learn your great love and respond by acknowledging moving away from my lack of understanding.  Let me attend to your gifts of faith, hope and love and to be your messenger (disciple)to those near me.   Help me to grow in trusting you and your patience in calling me to service particularly when my eyes and ears seem not to be working effectivelyen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Tuesday, February 13, 2018: 6th Week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitTheology Departmenten_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorShanahan, Thomas J., S.J.en_US Timeen_US 6en_US
dc.subject.local1James 1:12-18en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 94:12-13a, 14-15, 18-19en_US
dc.subject.local4Mark 8:14-21en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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