Sunday, March 20, 2016
Daily reading: Mark 11:1-11
Sunday March 20, 2016
Focus passage: Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. After he looked around at everything, because it was already late in the evening, he returned to Bethany with the Twelve. Mark 11:11
It is striking that the gospel writer that had sped us through Jesus’ ministry; pushing us forward with his abundant use of the word “immediately” slows the pace. Jesus entered the temple fully aware of the extent of the brokenness of our world.
Jesus comes not as one that imposes his authority over others, but who rejection domination. He comes as one who is poor and vulnerable, unwilling to rely on violence.
Mark provides for us a contrast between celebration and controversy, which leads to hostility and death.
In Mark’s gospel, this day seems anticlimactic. After entering Jerusalem, Jesus went to the temple, looked around, and in silence returned to Bethany, where he had begun his day.
Knowing what we know about the disciples, their struggle to understand, their movement of two steps forward and then one step back, I have to wonder if they followed him back wondering, “what now?” Their expectations are not met once again, still wondering what it means to follow a Messiah that is willing to go to the cross.
Prayer: God walk with me through this week of betrayal, denial, desertion and crucifixion. In the noise and busy-ness of my day, may I remember to stay grounded in your love. Amen.
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