Great Wickedness

Noah – National Catholic Register

Greetings on this the Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: Gn 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10; PS 29:1a and 2, 3ac-4, 3b and 9c-10; Mk 8:14-21

Note: Final day of Ordinary Time prior to Lent. The continuous readings stop for now and the Lent cycle begins tomorrow. So our first reading of the continuous reading of the book of Genesis leaves us off at a most desperate point. Noah has built the Ark and the animals are safely aboard.

The situation for humanity is actually quite dire…

the waters of the flood came upon the earth (Gen 6:10b)

It is the 40 Days of the Flood and now for us the 40 Days of Lent…

Leaven of Herod

What is leaven? Classic definition is a substance, as yeast or baking powder, that causes fermentation and expansion of dough or batter.

The leaven of Herod would be his leadership, teachings and disposition. Said from the receiving end, the way his followers become.

Greedy, violent, self-possessed. Alliance and advantage are their guiding principles.

Leaven of Jesus

I broke the five loaves for the five thousand.
I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand.

He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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