Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

“He said to them, “Do you still not understand?” (Mark 8:21)

Saint John Chrysostom comments on this verse from the Gospel proclaimed during today’s Mass:

“Can you hear the intense displeasure in His voice? For nowhere else does He appear to have rebuked them so strongly. Why now? In order to cast out their prejudices about clean foods. For not everywhere is permissiveness a good thing. As He earlier had allowed them to speak freely, now He reproves them. He even reminds them of the specific numbers of loaves and of persons fed, both to bring them to recall the past, and to make them more attentive to the future.” (Gospel of Saint Matthew, Homily 53)

O God,
Who teach us that You abide
in hearts that are just and true,
grant that we may be so fashioned by Your grace
as to become a dwelling pleasing to You.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Glory to You Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning is now
and will be forever. Amen. Alleluia!