Posts Tagged 'Mark 12'

Proper 27/Ordinary 32 2015 – Mark 12:42-43

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 

Mark 12:42-43 – A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.  Then Jesus called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.” 

The widow’s coins were all she had to live on, according to Jesus.  With this gift from her heart, she was left with nothing but her faith in God.

Understanding God, continue to strengthen our faith in you so that we can live the lives of service you desire from us.  Amen.

Proper 26/Ordinary 31 2015 – Mark 12:29-31

Friday, October 30, 2015

Mark 12:29-31Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’  The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

For me, the work we do at the Church Health Center is fulfilling this second commandment, loving our neighbor through a whole-person approach to wellness.  As we set our sights on moving to Crosstown Concourse, our goal is to express our love more fully to even more neighbors.

God of all creation, bless our daily efforts to bring healing to our community, to your children.  Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – John 14:15

Thursday, May 26, 2011

John 14:15“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

Remember Jesus speaking in Mark chapter 12: “…you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength…[and]…you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Consider for a moment a world in which everyone keeps just these two “greater” commandments.

Prayer: God of peace, help us in our daily struggle to be peacemakers in your kingdom. AMEN.

Proper 27/Ordinary 32 – Mark 12:42-44

From Mark 12:42-44 – A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then [Jesus] called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

This has been an interesting week in the scriptures where we are challenged to a radical trust in God – placing God first, especially in our most vulnerable moments. May each of us find the strength to stand firm in our trust of you if we are called to such trials.

Prayer:

Gracious God, you are our strength. Help us sense your unending presence in our lives so that we might be the faithful disciples you would have us be. AMEN.

Proper 26/Ordnary 31 – Mark 12:31

From Mark 12:31 – “The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

When I was being convinced I needed a Facebook account, a co-worker compared the Facebook experience to the street on which I live. Much might be happening in individual homes, but few people on the block pay attention. It is a sad but true commentary that many of us live as islands within our neighborhoods. People of faith are called to radical hospitality, radical love for neighbors, not indifference.

Prayer:

Gracious God, help us be the neighbors you would have us be. AMEN.

Proper 26/Ordinary 31 – Mark 12:28-30

From Mark 12:28-30 – One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that [Jesus] answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’”

Jesus is referring to a passage in Deuteronomy 6. Verses 6-9 in Deuteronomy tell us what we are to do with this commandment: Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Prayer:

Almighty God, help us to be mindful of your never-ending presence in our lives. AMEN.


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