6th Week in Ordinary Time

Jesus had multiplied meager supplies of bread and fish on two separate occasions to feed thousands. Nevertheless, even His closest Disciples failed to understand what the Lord meant by His warning to guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and Herod—people who rose to the occasion when defending the letter of the law and ignoring its spirit. Things looked a little brighter when Peter called Jesus the Messiah and received the keys to heaven. Although held responsible for our sins, we have hope in God’s mercy made evident through Peter and his successors. When we have opportunities for reconciliation in our lives, why do we sometimes feel more inclined to stand up for our rights in society, instead of doing the right thing through the Holy Spirit within us?