Daily reading: Mark 6:1-13
Monday February 1, 2016

Focus passage: On the Sabbath, he began to teach in the synagogue.  Many who heard him were surprised.  “Where did this man get all of this?  What’s this wisdom he’s been given?  What about the powerful acts accomplished through him?” Isn’t this the carpenter?  Isn’t he Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon?  Aren’t his sisters here with us?” Mark 6:2-3

Mark is inviting us into the story by perhaps echoing questions we have about Jesus.  We have questions, and we learn that the disciples have questions, the religious leaders have questions, and the people who knew him when he was young have questions.

And the questions have to do with our understanding of how God works in our world.   We may find ourselves joining with the disciples or the crowd in thinking, hey Jesus that isn’t going to work, that isn’t how the world the world works.

Yet Mark reminds us that God works in unexpected ways and often times surprises us.

Prayer: God open me up to experience you in a new way today.  Amen.


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