Read Mark 8:11-21      


The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him.  And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation.”  And he left them, and getting into the boat again, he went across to the other side.


Now the disciples had forgotten to bring any bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.  And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out–beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.”


They said to one another, “It is because we have no bread.”


And becoming aware of it, Jesus said to them, “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened?  Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember?  When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?”


They said to him, “Twelve.”


“And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?”


And they said to him, “Seven.”


Then he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”  (NRSV)


from Rev. Andrea Brownlee – Big Run Christian Church & Fork Ridge Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Cameron


“Do you not yet understand?”


            So often we think we have things all figured out then something happens, or nothing happens and we say; “give us a sign God, give us a sign…” Lent is a time for us to reexamine where our faith journey is taking us. It is a time for us to be reminded of the journey Christ made so we wouldn’t have to. Yet we still ask for signs.

            When we take the time to remind ourselves where we have been, it is then that we will see and hear what God has put before us. We do not always understand, we often forget the power God has in our lives because we have turned our focus to something else.

            In this season of reexamining when we are asked the question like this one from today’s scripture, “Do you not yet understand?” We must be ready to respond; “No, but I’m ready to learn.”


Loving God, you call us to so many places.

Help us to turn our eyes to you. Give us the strength to do more than ask for a sign, show us the direction you want us to go.