Daily Gospel Reflection for February 18, 2014



Today’s Gospel: Mark 8:14-21

The disciples had forgotten to bring bread for the journey and Jesus used the opportunity to remind them not to be taken in by those in power (the Pharisees and King Herod). They completely missed the point of the teaching, worrying instead over a missing loaf of bread.

The disciples were slow to grasp the enormity and depth of Jesus. He had fed the five thousand with a few loaves of bread and a smattering of fish; many baskets of leftovers were gathered in the wake of that miracle. Yet they still did not understand.

Through Jesus’ ministry he sought to open the eyes of those around him to the greater vision, God’s vision, of our lives and world. He argued endlessly with the Scribes and Pharisees who could not see beyond their position and their sense of righteousness to recognize the Messiah standing before them.

With his own disciples, he had an equally difficult time. They saw many healings and miracles. They saw the conversion of hardened hearts. And still, they could not see beyond a loaf of bread.


What is my eyesight like? Can I read between the lines? Is my day a series of random events, some pleasant, some not, with no meaning or connection? Or is my vision growing, expanding, perceiving the greater truth that our Lord offers?

What can I do to expand my vision and see beyond my daily bread?


Lord, heal my blindness that I might see the greater vision, and the greater glory, that you lay out before me. Amen.

Copyright 2014 Susan Bailey


About Author

Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to CatholicMom.com and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to Catholic.net and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements. Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks forward to corresponding with you! Join here.


  1. When I don’t understand sometimes I just turn my head…thanks for the reminder to instead open my eyes a little wider to see the vision of His glory! Blessings on your day?

  2. I love that question, “What can I do to expand my vision?” Some days, it feels like all I can do to simply stay on top of my daily “to do” list. And yet I know I miss little signs all the time, not seeing the forest for the trees… thanks for a lovely reflection to start my day!

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