Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Daily reading: Mark 13:1-8, 24-37
Wednesday March 16, 2016
Focus passage: As Jesus left the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, look! What awesome stones and buildings!” Jesus responded, “Do you see these enormous buildings? Not even one stone will be left upon another. All will be demolished.” Mark 13:1-2
This kingdom that Jesus invites us into isn’t measured in the same way that we measure success in our world.
It is revealed in parables that speak about the kingdom being like a small mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, a weed of the time that was invasive and took over.
He speaks about the kingdom being like yeast that is mixed with 40 to 60 pounds of flour in a dark, damp place, reminding teaching us of bounty that is to be given away and not kept for oneself.
It is the kind that seems wasteful and extravagant, like the love a father for a son that has wasted away his inheritance and comes home only to be surprised by a father’s embrace.
It is a kingdom where the lost are found and there is much rejoicing. It is a kingdom that puts the world right-side-up where the last are first and the first are last.
It is a kingdom that calls us to repent, to turn and to face God, to be aware of the places where we are out of alignment.
It is a kingdom that invites us to take up our cross and follow.
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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