Daily reading: Mark 1:21-45
Sunday January 17, 2016

Focus passage: “Silence!” Jesus said, speaking harshly to the demon.  “Come out of him!”  The unclean spirit shook him and screamed, then it came out. Mark 1:25-26

In this passage of scripture we begin to see what it means for Jesus to be the Christ.  Jesus is immediately on the scene seeking out illness and immediately healing people. 

Jesus is about healing the brokenness of the community which is manifest in themes of un-cleanliness, possession, and chaos.  Jesus is able to come on the scene and restore order, remove that which is unclean, and drive away that which possesses or consumes us: Which ultimately breaks down the barrier that separates individuals from fully participating in community.

We all have something in our life that creates barriers that hinder us from fully participating in community and/or we participate in a way to keep others out.  The lesson for today tells us that Jesus comes in and breaks down those barriers with his words.  There exists then brokenness in our own lives as well as a brokenness in our community.

What word does your community need to hear that would bring about healing and restoration?

Prayer: Help me to mend what is broken in the world.  Amen.


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