Author: Trey Medley

Lent Day 11: Mark 4:35-41

Mark 4:35-41 Who is Jesus After having healed many, having cast out demons, and spoken with such authority, his disciples still don’t know what to make of Jesus. It is only after seeing him calm wind and wave that they begin to wonder at the secret that’s been seen plainly before them since the first…

Lent Day 10: Mark 4:21-34

Mark 4:21-34 Lamps and Light The Gospel author writes in today’s reading that lamps are clearly meant to illuminate rooms. As a sort of wink and nudge to the reader, who has (by this point) heard the kingdom kept secret in many ways, Jesus’s words are highlighted: “what is hidden is meant to be disclosed.”…

Lent Day 9: Mark 4:1-20

Mark 4:1-20 Sower and Parables Jesus relays a parable about a farmer sowing seeds. It’s one we know particularly well. What we tend to gloss over, between the parable and Jesus’s own interpretation, is what he says about parables. He concludes the initial parable with a declaration “whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”…

Lent Day 8: Mark 3:20-35

Mark 3:20-35 Family Jesus has to make clear who and what family actually is in today’s reading. We have a contrast between the “teachers of the law” who declare him to be part of the family of Beelzebul, his earthly blood relatives, and those with whom Jesus chooses to spend his time. Briefly, there are…

2019 Lent Day 7: Mark 3:7-19

Mark 3:7-19 Crowds and cadres News of Jesus has spread. Too many people for Jesus to even remain on land; he has to preach and heal from a boat. In an effort to possibly get some crowd control, Jesus makes sure the demons he is casting out keep quiet about his identity, even though they…

2019 Lent Day 6: Mark 2:23-3:6

Mark 2:23-3:6 Sabbath and Human Flourishing We’ve seen previously where Jesus healed on the Sabbath. Today, we find this is the reason the Pharisees seek to kill him. There’s a number of issues at play here, but chief among them are the questions “what is the point of Sabbath” and “who is in charge of…

2019 Lent Day 5: Mark 2:13-22

Mark 2:13-22 Table Grace Sharing a meal is a sacred thing. It is an intimate thing. Being invited into a home, sitting at a table, and eating together makes you vulnerable. It’s a frequent thing for individuals dating to go out and have a meal together in part because of the vulnerability. It opens you…

2019 Lent Day 2: Mark 1:16-28

Mark 1:16-28 Calling Jesus begins his ministry in Mark’s gospel with a focus on people. He sees them and calls them. Much has been made by many others, and rightly so, about the turn Jesus exhibits here. Only the most scholastic or the most connected would have had even the opportunity to follow a rabbi…