February 13. Was Jesus playing word games with the disciples when he told them to beware of the yeast of Herod and of the Pharisees?  Yeast is a leaven that affects everything around it. The yeast of Herod is the influence of political power that controls everything around it. The yeast of the Pharisees is Jewish religious tradition and practice based on the letter of the law and the many little laws about what could or could not be done, what food to eat, what dishes to use, what is or is not permitted on the Sabbath day etc. rather than the spirit of the law.   Jesus’ law is one of personal, human and pastoral concern for the needs of people, the community and all of creation.  It applies in our family  relationships and the  upcoming election too is an area of concern to find the balance between political power and the law of Jesus. 

Reflect, share, Scripture:  And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”  From Mk 8:14-21.    Pope Francis :   Under certain circumstances people find it very difficult to act differently.  Therefore, while upholding a general rule it is necessary to recognise that responsibility with respect to certain actions or decision is not the same in all cases. Responsibility for an action can be diminished or even nullified by certain psychological or social factors. From AL302   Pray: for a personal maturing faith through reflection and study around general and personal social issues and creation. Choose appropriate action.    As today is also PANCAKE TUESDAY, or SHROVE TUESDAY, take this opportunity to make and enjoy pancakes, a mini form of Carnival, traditionally to use up flour, milk and eggs before the formal fast would start on Ash Wednesday.