Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Do still not understand?

It has been  a stressful morning here at work. Our office is terribly behind its fundraising goal, and increasing pressure from more carnivorous animals on the food chain to pick up the pace.

I do not want to be the gazelle that lags behind.

Tedious meetings about our new web page as well, its soft launch, hard launch, and content management system. I am slightly miffed that we were told to hold for months, and now we are rushed to conclusion.


There are times I feel dim-. The struggle to do right is near impossible sometimes. There is confusion, misdirection and fear driving us to false conclusions and poor decisions. I think in these tiresome times we lose sight of the forest through the trees. Mark says, in 8:14-21:

The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. Jesus enjoined them, "Watch out, guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod." They concluded among themselves that it was because they had no bread. When he became aware of this he said to them, "Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear? And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?" They answered him, "Twelve." "When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?" They answered, "Seven." He said to them, "Do you still not understand?"

Sometimes I don't understand, I think. My tiny mind is only capable of so much, and let's be honest - when faced with accepting difficult truths, it's a heckuva lot easier to look for the obvious logical answer, than the one harder to perceive. So many of us are so afraid, of so many things, real and imagined. We must see that we will always be provided for if we listen to the right people, live justly, strive for honesty and morality. We do not need to be afraid.

Today's word of the day and quote come from myCatholic.org:

fallacy (noun)
an error in fact or logic
The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.
– Pope St. Gregory the Great