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A Day in the Life of Jesus – Mark 1:32-34

Friday, February 14, 2014

Mark 1:32-34That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

This is the first detailed day in Jesus’ life as presented by Mark. I believe Mark’s intention was to position healing as a central focus of Jesus’ ministry. Yes Jesus wanted people to believe, but he wanted them healed so they could live into their faith fully.

Gracious God, help us to be healing presences to everyone around us. Amen.

A Day in the Life of Jesus – Mark 1:29-31

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Mark 1:29-31As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

Jesus is asked to heal a second time this day. What strikes me about this passage is that Simon’s mother-in-law didn’t receive her healing until Jesus first took her hand and lifted her up. Whether by the gentle touch of a hand or the kindly spoken word, all of us have the power to lift one another up.

Loving God, help us move people physically and emotionally in ways that bring healing to them. Amen.

A Day in the Life of Jesus – Mark 1:27-28

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Mark 1:27-28They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

On this day early in his ministry, Jesus has already begun to distinguish himself through his teaching and his healing. It begs the question: how does our faith distinguish us?

Understanding God, may our actions with and toward others reflect our faith in you. Amen.

A Day in the Life of Jesus – Mark 1:23-26

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mark 1:23-26Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.

Jesus spoke, and the man was healed. This passage reminds us that words can be healing for others. We can have hearts for healing and be effective witnesses even if we don’t have degrees in healing.

Loving God, may the words of our mouths provide genuine witness to your work in our lives. Amen.

A Day in the Life of Jesus – Mark 1:21-22

This week: A Day in the Life of Jesus – Mark 1:21-39

Monday, February 10, 2014

By the time you have read to the 20th verse of Mark 1, Jesus has been baptized by John, has spent 40 days in the wilderness, has traveled to Galilee and has already developed a following of people, some of whom will become his apostles.

Mark 1:21-22They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

The first time I was a liturgist, I was to read a passage of scripture with a string of town names in it I had never seen. When I asked the pastor how to pronounce these words he said simply, “Boldly.”

Gracious God, give us confident voices so that we can speak of our faith in you with authority. Amen.

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