Archive for December, 2012

Thursday Advent 3 – Mark 6:1-6

ShareMark 6:1-6 As we approach our celebration of God made man in Jesus Christ, I find that this little passage in Mark 6 is a wonderful picture of the mystery of God made man. Although by the beginning of Mark 6 we have already seen ample evidence that Jesus is God, we see it here […]

December 19, 2012 | 2 Comments More

Wednesday of Advent 3 (Ember Wednesday) – Luke 12:35-48

ShareLuke 12:35-48 Why the sudden change today from St. Mark to St. Luke in today’s lesson?  Because today is marked out in the Church year as an Ember Day, more specifically Ember Wednesday before Christmas.  Advent is often seen as a “Little Lent” in which we prepare for the feast of Christmas, and so the […]

December 18, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday Advent 3 – Mark 5:21-43

ShareMark 5:21-43 This morning I’m a woman with a flow of blood.  I’ve suffered with this terrible problem for 12 years. It’s funny the stages we go through whenever we have a big problem.  First, there is the developing recognition of the problem, and then the hope that it is really nothing.  Then comes the […]

December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Advent 3 – Mark 5:1-20

ShareMark 5:1-20 Good morning, my name was Legion.  So far in Mark I’ve been a fisherman and tax collector, a brother of Jesus Christ, a leper, and a paralytic.  Today I am a demon-possessed man. Without Christ, we are like a demon-possessed man, even though very few are actually ever possessed.  We lead shattered lives […]

December 16, 2012 | 2 Comments More

Saturday Advent 2 – Mark 4:30-41

ShareMark 4:30-41 After several parables about how the Kingdom of God grows, Jesus returns to doing miracles.  This time He demonstrates that He is God by rebuking the wind and commanding the sea to be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Who can this be, that even the wind and […]

December 14, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Friday Advent 2 – Mark 4:21-29

ShareMark 4:21-29 Today, Jesus continues His teaching on how the Kingdom grows, which is to say the process of discipleship.  The secret to the Kingdom of God and its mysterious and wonderful growth is the growth of the Church, which is to say the growth of Christians, which is to say discipleship: “The Kingdom of […]

December 13, 2012 | 2 Comments More

Thursday Advent 2 – Mark 4:1-20

ShareMark 4:1-20 How appropriate that the parable of the sower and the seed occurs in the week of the Second Sunday of Advent.  The Book of Common Prayer collect (prayer for the week) is: “Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise […]

December 12, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday Advent 2 – Mark 3:20-34

ShareMark 3:20-34 Today’s lesson is a lesson about family. What is a family?  We all know the answer to this question, but at its heart a family is a group of people who are related to one another.  The most immediate kind of family is, of course, the biological families we live in.  But the […]

December 11, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Advent 2 – Mark 3:7-19

ShareMark 3:7-19 “And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted.  And they came to Him.  Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons.” In verses […]

December 10, 2012 | 2 Comments More

Monday of Advent 2 – Mark 2:23-3:6

ShareMark 2:23-3:6             Jesus Christ is the Wisdom of God incarnated.  Though we already know this, it’s good to have an illustration of it from the life and words of Jesus Himself.  And that is exactly what Jesus gives us today – a teaching on the meaning of wisdom. Biblically speaking, wisdom is knowing God […]

December 9, 2012 | 0 Comments More