Archive for February, 2014

Friday of Sexagesima Sunday – Mark 9:14-29

ShareMark 9:14-29 Today we hear another lesson about the growth of the disciples of Jesus Christ, which means us.  Faith and faithfulness are not an On/Off switch so that you either perfectly have faith or perfectly don’t.  Our faith is partial most of the time: it is not perfect yet.  For this reason, it is […]

February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Sexagesima Sunday – Mark 9:2-13

ShareMark 9:2-13 My all-time favorite opening sentence from a work of fiction has to be the first line from Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis.  It goes like this: “As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.” Kafka proceeds in a perfectly deadpan fashion to […]

February 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Sexagesima – Mark 8:27-9:1

ShareMark 8:27-9:1 “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asks you this morning. He asked it to His disciples and to all men in the 1st century, and He asks it to you today. “Who do you say that I am?” “Some say Jesus was a good teacher.” “Some say Jesus was a son […]

February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Sexagesima Sunday – Mark 8:11-26

ShareMark 8:11-26 Poor, stupid, disciples.  They just don’t get it, do they? Their conversation with Jesus goes something like this: “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” Stunned silence.  Gears slowly grinding in 12 crania.  Let’s see, Jesus just fed the 4000 thousand . . . and we […]

February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Sexagesima Sunday – Mark 7:24-37

ShareMark 7:24-37 Today’s meditation begins a little differently.  Because the meditation will take more time, your suggested resolution for today is at the beginning! Resolution:  I resolve to read and meditate on Mark 7:24-37 today.  Does any one of you have Jeremiah 38:12 memorized?  I didn’t think so! When I was in junior high and […]

February 23, 2014 | 2 Comments More

Saturday of Septuagesima Sunday – Mark 7:14-23

ShareMark 7:14-23 We live in a strange world in which we try hard to make sense of our lives and keep the different parts in health and harmony.  We are at one and the same time individuals with unique identities and personalities and also essential parts of the communities that we live in.  We live […]

February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Septuagesima Sunday – Mark 7:1-13

ShareMark 7:1-13 “making the Word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down” (verse 13.) This is the essence of Jesus’ teaching this morning.  He is so concerned that people not exchange the Word of God for the traditions of men that He goes so far as to call the […]

February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Septuagesima Sunday – Mark 6:45-56

ShareMark 6:45-56 The Gospels are filled with the most intriguing and edifying details.  I find that they are so odd and unexpected sometimes that they confirm the authenticity of the Gospel writers’ accounts. Here in Mark 6:48 we come across one of those intriguing and at first baffling details.  Here’s the set up to the […]

February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Septuagesima Sunday – Mark 6:30-44

ShareMark 6:30-44 I find this passage in Mark’s Gospel to be an absolutely amazing and instructive passage – and not just because of the Feeding of the 5000.  We will have plenty of opportunities to meditate on that famous miracle, but today I see something else of great importance in this passage: in fact, several […]

February 18, 2014 | 3 Comments More

Tuesday of Septuagesima Sunday – Mark 6:14-29

ShareMark 6:14-29 “The truth is out there.” So says the TV series The X-files. And the Truth is indeed out there, but what John the Baptist proved by his life is that the Truth needs truth-bearers to stand up and proclaim it.  Only if those who know the Truth proclaim the Truth will the Truth […]

February 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More