Journey With Jesus, Day 9: What Kind of King?

Mark 11:1-12:12 You may have noticed over the past week that Jesus often seeks to keep his identity secret.  We see this especially in the healing and exorcism stories when he tells the recipients of his ministry to “go and tell no one.”  Of course, people often ignore this command, but it is nonetheless given. Continue reading “Journey With Jesus, Day 9: What Kind of King?”

Journey With Jesus, Day 8: A Healing Touch

Mark 8:22-10:52 Today’s long reading starts with a strange story.  As with so many other instances in the gospel, Jesus heals, but this account is a little bit different from the rest.  Instead of healing in one motion, Jesus heals the blind man in Mark 8:22-26 in two stages, which can make some of usContinue reading “Journey With Jesus, Day 8: A Healing Touch”

Journey With Jesus, Day 7: Unclean?

Mark 7:1-8:21 Throughout his ministry, we have seen Jesus again and again defying convention in regard to ritual cleanliness and purity.  This is especially true in view of his healings.  The leper, the woman with the bleeding issue, and the daughter of Jairus who passes away, all of whom are considered ritually unclean, are healedContinue reading “Journey With Jesus, Day 7: Unclean?”

Journey With Jesus, Day 6: Counting the Cost

6:1-56 In today’s reading, we see yet another example of a “Markan Sandwich.”  This time, the story of the disciples’ mission is interrupted by the grisly tale of the execution of John the Baptist.  At first glance, the two stories seem to have little in common.  One is the triumphant tale of accomplished mission.  TheContinue reading “Journey With Jesus, Day 6: Counting the Cost”

Journey With Jesus, Day 5: Faith

Mark 4:35-5:43 In today’s reading, we see the power of Jesus on display.  He commands a storm to be stilled, showing his control over the chaotic elements of nature.  He casts out a demon named Legion (as tells us, a legion was “a division in the Roman army, usually comprising 3000-6000 soldiers), thereby showingContinue reading “Journey With Jesus, Day 5: Faith”

Journey With Jesus, Day 4: Parables

Today’s reading can be both difficult and frustrating.  In 4:12, Jesus seems to say that he purposely makes his message hard to understand so that “outsiders” won’t get it.  Then he moves into a series of parables that can leave us scratching our heads and wondering if perhaps we are on the outside!  It’s importantContinue reading “Journey With Jesus, Day 4: Parables”

A Note on the Fishermen

After reading my post for Day 2, a congregant alerted me to Luke’s account of the calling of Simon, Andrew, James, and John.  In Luke’s version (Luke 5:1-11), the fishermen are partners, and Peter owns his own boat.  Taking this information from Luke puts a big hole in my speculation about the difference in meansContinue reading “A Note on the Fishermen”

Journey With Jesus, Day 3: The Family of God

Mark 3:7-34 I will date myself today in noting that Jesus has become Backstreet Boy famous.  Yes, I did grow up in the 90’s, and I’m not ashamed to admit it!  In the first passage of today’s reading, people are flocking to Jesus from the far north (Tyre and Sidon) and the far south (Idumea). Continue reading “Journey With Jesus, Day 3: The Family of God”

Journey With Jesus, Day 2: Offending Sensibilities

Mark 2:1-3:6 In today’s passage, we see Jesus offending sensibilities.  He claims authority to forgive sins.  He eats with tax collector and sinners.  His disciples act differently than those of the Pharisees and even John the Baptist.  And to top it all off, Jesus has strange ideas about the Sabbath.  Ultimately, the Pharisees are soContinue reading “Journey With Jesus, Day 2: Offending Sensibilities”

Journey With Jesus, Day 1: Touching the Untouchable

Mark 1:1-45 contains a number of stories that draw my attention.  John the Baptist captures the imagination of all Jerusalem and the surrounding countryside.  Jesus contends with Satan and then begins his ministry to the amazement of the people.  Jesus prays at a time when I would be looking to sleep and as a resultContinue reading “Journey With Jesus, Day 1: Touching the Untouchable”