14 February 2006: Tuesday of the 6th Week in Ordinary Time
Mark 8, 14-21 When we fail to learn from our experiences
The Gospel is best approached with a background. Yesterday, we heard that the Pharisees were looking for a sign. Here the disciples were crossing the
In other words, the disciples have not learned from experience. How many times have we failed an exam, and didn’t learn from that experience? How many times have we been hurt, and never learned from it? We have continued our patterns of behavior or our bad habits and we have seen their effects, but we refuse to abandon them.
It is said that all of life teaches us lessons. We just didn’t learn from them. I guess we breeze through life without evaluation. We are intimidated by all of forms of evaluation, because we cannot separate our actions (or work) with our person: to criticize our work is to criticize ourselves; a comment about our action is seen as a personal affront. And therefore, if we shun evaluation, there is little chance that we would learn from our experiences. And at worse, the much needed creative change and a faster development towards a better person and quality service are not met. Learning from life is like fertilizers: they improve on growth. An unexamined life, Socrates said, is not worth living.
* picture by Neo Saicon SJ