Browsing articles tagged with " Mark"
Dec 7, 2011

Cry Out!

Today’s Reading is from Mark 1:1-13. I preached about that just this past Sunday. Please listen to my sermon titled “Cry Out!”

May 18, 2011

Comfort my People

The book of the second Isaiah starts beginning with chapter 40. Deutero-Isaiah (Isaiah 40-55) was written during the Babylonian Exile and is a book of hope quite different from Proto-Isaiah (Isaiah 1-39) announcing doom’s day.

Today’s reading Isaiah 40:1-31 starts with a shout-out to the homeland:
“Comfort my people,” says our God. “Comfort them! Encourage the people of Jerusalem. Tell them they have suffered long enough and their sins are now forgiven.”

Right after that the prophet announces that God’s people will be able to return home:
A voice cries out, “Prepare in the wilderness a road for the LORD! Clear the way in the desert for our God! Fill every valley; level every mountain. The hills will become a plain, and the rough country will be made smooth. Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it. The LORD himself has promised this. ”

Do you remember another voice in the wilderness proclaiming the upcoming salvation? Here is the beginning of the Gospel according to Mark about John the Baptist’s ministry:
This is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It began as the prophet Isaiah had written: “God said, ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you to open the way for you.’ Someone is shouting in the desert, ‘Get the road ready for the Lord; make a straight path for him to travel!’”

Feb 7, 2011

Mark 12:28-44

Friday’s Reading was Mark 12:28-44. It includes one of the most remarkable passages about financial stewardship – the widow’s mite. The lesson here is: Tithing is not a good idea! There is no reason to limit oneself. The widow has by far outgiven the tithers around her as far as percentage goes. Give freely!

Jan 29, 2011

Acts 27:13-38

Today’s Reading is Acts 27:13-38. It is one of those great stories of men of God managing a voyage on the water.

Paul stands in the tradition of even greater people:
Noah and his Ark and Jesus calming the storm come to mind.

They all make a point: You are not alone – God has your back!

Jan 19, 2011

Matthew 17:1-23

Today’s Reading is Matthew 17:1-23 – the Transfiguration of Jesus.

That is a rather strange scene that obviously has something to do with Jesus’ identity and authority. The oldest account is to be found in Mark 9. The Gospel of Mark is known for being the origin of the Messianic Secret.

Now here is why the Transfiguration is important and what it does:
Mark allows the Messiah to go public from here on out. The scene is followed by Exorcising a boy with many witnesses to Jesus’ power. Now the world can see Jesus as Lord.

Jan 12, 2011

Matthew 9:1-17

Today’s passage Matthew 9:1-17 is a perfect makeover of Mark 2:1-22. That is not surprising since Matthew draws a good deal of his material from Mark:

One major difference is striking though: Mark calls the tax-collector “Levi” whereas Matthew inserts himself into the story. Alfred Hitchcock famously followed this example.

At this point in Jesus’ ministry, disputes commence:
Verse 3: Then some teachers of the Law said to themselves, “This man is speaking blasphemy!” These scribes judge Jesus without even talking to him.
Verse 11: Some Pharisees saw this and asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such people?” These Pharisees engage in a real conversation with Jesus and his disciples, because he was certainly close if not even part of their tradition.

Jan 3, 2011

Romans 6:1-23

Today’s chapter is Romans 6. Here one can find the core of Paul’s theologia crucis. There is no celebration of the great human mind or our capability to create our own destiny but quite the opposite: Think of yourselves as dead (Verse 11). It’s all about acknowledging you’re lost – and for that matter found. It’s all about acknowledging you’re dead – and for that matter resurrected already. Take on Christ’s death, pretty much like Jesus describes it in Mark 8:31-38. His resurrection has already happened for you!