Thursday, March 17, 2016
Daily reading: Mark 13:1-8, 24-37
Thursday March 17, 2016
Focus passage: “Tell us, when will these things happen? What sign will show that all these things are about to come to an end?” Jesus said, “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many people will come in my name, saying, ‘I’m the one!’ They will deceive many people. Mark 13:4-6
In the narrative of Mark, we know all too well that the betrayal, arrest, denial, torture and crucifixion of Jesus are just around the corner and so he takes a moment to share with the disciples an important message that seems somewhat strange. Scholars refer to this section of Mark as a mini-apocalypse.
We don’t touch on apocalyptic passages much in our church. One thing to keep in mind is that while their message can be applied to our lives today, the original intention of the words was for the audience that Mark was speaking to at the time.
And so we wade through the strangeness of the words and what I find is a call to faithfulness, even when things are seriously falling apart around us, even when the things that we used to see as important and stabilizing, even when they begin to crumble are lay in ruins, remain faithful and stay alert.
Prayer: God in the uncertainty of tomorrow, help me to be alert today of your presence, instill within me faithfulness. Amen.
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