The unsettling

Daily reading: Mark 1:1-20
Thursday January 14, 2016

Focus passage: Right away, they left their nets and followed him … At that very moment he called them.  They followed him, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired workers.” Mark 1:18 and 20.

The gospel of Mark takes literally no time in telling the story of Jesus’ ministry.  Mark is racing through the story and the change in tone and pace awakens us to the reality that God is doing something new in and through Jesus.  Mark uses the words “right away” and “immediately” to hasten the telling of the story.

Which brings us to what might be the most unsettling part of the story.  And I say that with intentionality, I believe that what the disciples do is perhaps more unsettling than the news of John’s arrest, because they hear the invitation to follow and they drop their nets and leave immediately.

Can you imagine?  Leaving everything behind to follow?

Prayer: God help me to realize your presence in my life.  May I respond by setting myself on the path to follow you.  Amen.


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