The Lure of Power

Mark 10: 35-45 35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right...
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God Has Claimed You–You Belong to God

“What must I DO to inherit eternal life?” the rich young ruler asks in this week’s passage from Mark’s gospel. It’s a very human question, so we innately understand what he’s asking and seldom question it. The issue with this line of thinking...
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United By Humility

The stories that begin the book of Genesis depict a human race trying to make sense of the world around them and the challenges they face. In each of these stories, the reason for calamity is the wrongdoing of one group or another. There is always a culpable party. However, if we...
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Add to the Flavors Around You

Jesus called the disciples to be like salt, which enhances the flavors of the foods around it. Too much or too little can be ruinous. This delicate balance can only be struck with careful intention. In our interpersonal relationships, being ‘salt’ takes the same...
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How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You?

Two themes dominate this week’s passage from Mark’s gospel. The first is the humanity of the disciples and Jesus’ grace in the face of that humanity. We have all experienced school-age squabbles over who will be first in line. In fact, we may be embarrassed to...
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Stay Open to God

Mark 8:27-38 27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 He asked the...
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Growing into the Fullness of God’s Love

Jesus was fully God and fully human. However, our common understanding of Jesus skews heavily to ‘fully God,’ often ignoring his humanity. This week’s passage from Mark brings that humanity into the foreground. In one interpretation of His exchange with the...
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In the Service of Love

This week, the Faith in Real Life groups discussed the place of traditions in our lives. In this passage from Mark’s gospel, the Pharisees challenge Jesus on his loyalty to the Jewish traditions and faith. In his response, Jesus elevates the spirit of the law over the...
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Stand Firm: Proclaim the Gospel of Peace

Ephesians 6:10-20 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against...
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The Wisdom of God is Foolishness to the World

Ephesians 5:15-20 15 Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be...
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