Closed Minds

Scripture Lesson: Mark 6:1-6 Meditation:                                                "So he was not able to perform any mighty deeds there." Much is happening in this short Gospel passage. Jesus is preaching in his native area and the people are astonished at his...

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Just Have Faith

Scripture Lesson: Mark 5:21-43 Meditation:                                                                  ". . . your faith has saved you." These words highlight for me Jesus' delicacy and attention for women, an attitude not often noted in the times in which he...

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Seized with Fear

Scripture Lesson: Mark 5:1-20 Meditation:                                         "And they were seized with fear." This Gospel reading is perhaps one of the most dramatic there is. However, it is also one of the most tragic. We are told about the man possessed by a...

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Knowing Not How

Scripture Lesson: Mark 4:26-40 Meditation:                        ". . . the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how." Today's Gospel follows closely on the parable of the sower discussed in our last reflection. The two stories share a common thread: the...

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“THE GOOD WORD”

“THE GOOD WORD”

"The Good Word"  (aka "the pastor's blog") uses a simple framework that allows the word of God to make room in our minds and hearts. Each "post" provides a Gospel reading, a meditation, a prayer, and a thought for contemplation. You may find it a meaningful help in...

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Teaching by the Sea

Scripture Lesson: Mark 4:1-20 Meditation:        "On one occasion, Jesus began to teach by the sea." I can hear the waves lapping gently against the shore as Jesus gets into the boat, finding a place to sit down. He faces the crowd that waits expectantly along the...

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Seated in the Circle

Scripture: Mark 3:31-35 Meditation:         ". . . looking around at those seated in the circle . . ." In Jesus' day, disciples sat at the feet of their rabbi or teacher. This indicated that the disciples recognized the authority of the rabbi or teacher and were ready...

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Called . . . To Be Sent

Lesson: Mark 3:13-19  Meditation:                              “He appointed Twelve . . . that they might be with him and he might send them forth . . .” As I read this line:  “[Jesus] summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him,”  I imagine a magnetic quality...

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Have a Boat Ready for Me

Lesson: Mark 3:7-12 Meditation:           "He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him . . ." I don't usually think of Jesus needing my help. Jesus can manage a storm, or feed a multitude. Yet, in today's passage Jesus doesn't seem to have everything under...

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They Watched Jesus Closely

Lesson: Mark 3:1-6 Meditation:  People who tried to trip Jesus up through questions or challenges always seemed to fail. He brought such an unusual perspective to any verbal test, cutting straight to the heart of it, that those who posed the questions ended up as...

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