Lenten Devotional: March 30 | Mark 8:11-26

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 | Mark 8:11-26

Mary Ellen Passione

I’m often astounded by the Pharisees and the disciples…although I shouldn’t be. If I’m honest, there are times when I can be as obstinate and dense as they were. In today’s reading, the Pharisees publicly challenge Jesus to perform an immediate miracle. Jesus knew their expectation was only to sow doubt among the crowd, so he refused and sailed away. The disciples don’t understand Jesus’ metaphor between the “yeast of the Pharisees” and doubt. 

Just as a small amount of yeast makes dough expand, small doubts can expand to greater ones, capsizing our faith. Perhaps a national or personal tragedy makes me cry, “Jesus, where are you?” Or an unanswered prayer makes me sigh, “Jesus, are you listening?” Jesus spears the disciples with hard-hitting questions: “Can’t you see?” “Can’t you hear?” “Don’t you remember?” 

He spears me with those very same questions. Haven’t I seen how Christ has done miraculous things, not only in my life but in the lives of those around me? Haven’t I heard His “still, small voice” in moments of terrible fear? Have I forgotten all the remarkable moments over my lifetime that could only have come from the very hands of Christ himself? 

Like the blind man healed by Christ at the end of this reading, the wonders Christ has performed in my life are not for show. They are to be embraced and remembered for the next time doubts rise like yeast.

Mary Ellen Passione has been attending Trinity Cathedral for 2 years. She has served as an Acolyte and will be attending docent and usher training in the future. Her hobbies include hiking, wood carving, fiber arts and reading.