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2019 Lent Day 14: Mark 5:35-43

Mark 5:35-43 This is not the end Yesterday, we began reading the narrative of Jesus going to see Jairus’s sick daughter and being stopped along the way. Today, we see Jesus continue this journey. Yet, it seems, the journey will end in tragedy. Don’t worry, says Jesus, she’s only asleep. This is temporary. And Jesus…

2019 Lent Day 13: Mark 5:21-34

Mark 5:21-34 Incidental Healing On the way to heal a little girl, Jesus is interrupted by a different healing. A woman, desperate for healing and having tried so many things she has no doubt lost hope for whatever this “blood” ailment is decides to make one last desperate attempt to be healed. She reaches out,…

Lent Day 12: Mark 5:1-20

Mark 5:1-20 The Demonic and today Earlier in the Gospel of Mark, and throughout many places in the Gospels, there is mention of those who are demon possessed. Today we are tempted not to think much of it. Perhaps, we may reason, this was just an ancient attempt at understanding mental as well as physical…

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…