Daily Mass Readings: Mark 8:11-13, Psalm 50:1, 8, 16-17, 20-21
You have remembered me, O Lord, and have not forsaken those who love You.
5 but towards Cain and his offering Yahweh showed no pleasure. This made Cain very angry and downcast.
6 Then Yahweh said to Cain, “Why are you angry and downcast? 7 If you do right, why do you not look up? But if you are not doing what is right, sin is lurking at the door. It is striving to get you, but you must control it.”
8 Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go to the fields.” Once there, Cain turned on his brother Abel and killed him. 9 Yahweh said to Cain, “Where is your brother, Abel?” He answered, “I don’t know; am I my brother’s keeper?”
10 Yahweh asked, “What have you done? Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now be cursed and driven from the ground that has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood that your hand has shed. 12 When you till the soil, it will no longer yield you its produce. You will be a fugitive wandering on the earth.”
When we sin it has a way of weighing us down. It is hard to be joyful when darkness lurks within us. I am my brother's keeper. The blood of every innocent victim especially the unborn has soaked the earth with blood and nature in revulsion and anger spews her disgust on man as if to heave them off her bosom and rid herself of their vile presence.