Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.-- Psalm 106:4
Mass readings:1 Kings 12:26-32;13:33-34 / Mark 8:1-10
Imagine something is happening in your village. Neighboring towns are buzzing with stories of what a rabbi is saying and doing but it must be an exaggeration. You're a peasant, a conquered one; in other words a slave being ruled by force. You live day to day, from week to week, solely dependent on nature and the whims of distant rulers. You have grasped on to hope before, will this man and His words be any different? You drop chores. Put aside responsibilities and venture with family and friends to find out. You're not thinking past the next sunrise. You are thinking of faith and your fate. You will deal with the heat and absence of food for something you haven't felt since childhood: peace.
Prayer: Can we venture the same today? Can we be that bold? Give me courage, Lord!