Gospel of Mark Reading Plan
Day 1 Reading: Mark 1
If we only had eyes to see and ears to hear and wits to understand, we would know that the Kingdom of God in the sense of holiness, goodness, beauty is as close as breathing and is crying out to be born both within ourselves and within the world; we would know that the Kingdom of God is what we all of us hunger for above all other things even when we don’t know its name or realize that it’s what we’re starving to death for. The Kingdom of God is where our best dreams come from and our truest prayers. We glimpse it at those moments when we find ourselves being better than we are and wiser than we know. We catch sight of it when at some moment of crisis a strength seems to come to us that is greater than our own strength. The Kingdom of God is where we belong. It is home, and whether we realize it or not, I think we are all of us homesick for it.- Frederick Buechner, Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons
Pastor Lisa’s Journal
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” – Mark 1:14-15 (NRSV)
Mark’s Gospel moves quickly through the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry: John prepares the way, Jesus is baptized by John then tempted in the wilderness by the devil, Jesus begins to preach and heal people, he calls the disciples.
The good news is simple: God has come near in Jesus. Jesus fulfills the promises of God, opening the kingdom to all who will believe.
Jesus’ methods are simple: preach, pray, heal
Make it simple Lord. We make your work so much harder than it is. Save us from complexity. Keep us focused on what is important: you, your welcome, your healing power, your authority, your saving love. Amen.
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