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2015年2月16日 那須高原「マリアの家」 

第一朗読 創世記4・1-15,25
福音朗読 マルコ8・11-13



Pastral Visit to NasuKogen “Maria no ie”
February 16, 2015

FIRST READING:Genesis 4:1-15,25

Today’s reading from Genesis tells us the tragedy which happened
between Cain and Abel, the children of Adam and Eve, the first human beings. It was the very first murder in human history called fratricide.
Cain and Abel offered each harvest of their labor to the Lord. The Lord had regard for Abel and his offering but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. We don’t know the reason why. Probably, Cain’s offering was not his best, and could be imperfect and poor quality. Or was there any problem in his motive of his offering? Anyhow, Cain was infuriated. The fact that his brother’s offering was accepted by the Lord but his own was not became huge stress on him. He got extremely jealous of his younger brother. ‘Jealousy’ is a very troublesome emotion for human beings. Cain should have controlled his emotion of jealousy. Instead, he made a wrong move in order to relieve his stress. He tried to solve his problem by killing his brother. Cain should have asked God why his offering couldn’t have His regard, shouldn’t he? Or perhaps he needed to have reflected on the reason by himself. Things like this happen quite often in our own lives. It can be said that our life is full of things that are beyond our control. He should have accepted the fact calmly, and asked God what he should have done, as well as reflected on it by himself. I think that humility and courage were needed for him when he faced difficulties in life.

Now let’s look at today’s Gospel. Here Jesus sighs at people’s unfaithfulness. “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation.”(Mark8:12) Jesus admired the faith of the people who were healed by him by
saying “your faith has made you well”(Mark5:34)-a woman suffered from hemorrhages-Bartimaeus, a blind man-(10:52), and on the other hand, he pointed out the unfaithfulness of Pharisees in this passage. Even though they saw the sign Jesus made, they don’t believe in Jesus, and ask for a sign convenient to themselves. They take the attitude of not believing unless they are given a sign from God which make them consent. In other words, they took the outrageous attitude of unfaithfulness to ask God to take their own thought and even to make God act as they want. This is a common issue to the unfaithful attitude of the ancestors of Israel who attempted the Lord in the wilderness of Sinai. Cain’s murder and Pharisees’ demand ; both of these are the important issue to ask us what faith is. What is our faith like? We would like to think over it.

[All the Scripture quotations, unless otherwise noted, are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition (NRSVCE), copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]