The One who provides everything

James 1:12-18
Happy the man who stands firm when trials come. He has proved himself, and will win the prize of life, the crown that the Lord has promised to those who love him. Never, when you have been tempted, say, ‘God sent the temptation’; God cannot be tempted to do anything wrong, and he does not tempt anybody. Everyone who is tempted is attracted and seduced by his own wrong desire. Then the desire conceives and gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it too has a child, and the child is death. Make no mistake about this, my dear brothers: it is all that is good, everything that is perfect, which is given us from above; it comes down from the Father of all light; with him there is no such thing as alteration, no shadow of a change. By his own choice he made us his children by the message of the truth so that we should be a sort of first-fruits of all that he had created.

Psalm 93 Happy the man whom you teach, O Lord.

Mark 8:14-21
The disciples had forgotten to take any food and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. Then he gave them this warning, ‘Keep your eyes open; be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.’ And they said to one another, ‘It is because we have no bread.’ And Jesus knew it, and he said to them, ‘Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you not yet understand? Have you no perception? Are your minds closed? Have you eyes that do not see, ears that do not hear? Or do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of scraps did you collect?’ They answered, ‘Twelve.’ ‘And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets full of scraps did you collect?’ And they answered, ‘Seven.’ Then he said to them, ‘Are you still without perception?’

Dal Vangelo secondo Marco
In quel tempo, i discepoli avevano dimenticato di prendere dei pani e non avevano con sé sulla barca che un solo pane. Allora Gesù li ammoniva dicendo: «Fate attenzione, guardatevi dal lievito dei farisei e dal lievito di Erode!». Ma quelli discutevano fra loro perché non avevano pane. Si accorse di questo e disse loro: «Perché discutete che non avete pane? Non capite ancora e non comprendete? Avete il cuore indurito? Avete occhi e non vedete, avete orecchi e non udite? E non vi ricordate, quando ho spezzato i cinque pani per i cinquemila, quante ceste colme di pezzi avete portato via?». Gli dissero: «Dodici». «E quando ho spezzato i sette pani per i quattromila, quante sporte piene di pezzi avete portato via?». Gli dissero: «Sette». E disse loro: «Non comprendete ancora?».
Parola del Signore

Quante volte abbiamo bisogno di ricordarci di confidare nella capacità di Dio di fare ogni cosa per noi?
Domani iniziamo il nostro periodo di Quaresima. Tutti i nostri rituali, il digiuno, l’astinenza, la penitenza e le preghiere speciali, hanno un solo scopo: aumentare la nostra attenzione verso Colui che provvede a tutto ciò di cui abbiamo bisogno.

How often do we need to be reminded to trust in the capacity of God to do all things for us?
Tomorrow we begin our Lenten season. All our rituals; fasting, abstinence, penance, and special prayers, serves only one purpose – to increase our focus on the One who provides everything we need.