September 15, 2015 – Mark 1:9-20
Prayer for Illumination
Living God, open my heart, mind, and body to experience you in this reading of scripture, that in experiencing you I might grow into someone who brings you honor. Amen.
9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.11And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’
12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’
16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen.17And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
Today’s reading from Mark includes Christ’s temptation in the wilderness, his first preaching in Galilea, and the calling of the first disciples.
Wow! That was fast!
The Gospel of Mark goes quickly, perhaps because it was originally told in the oral tradition, outloud, by a story teller of sorts.
Have you ever dropped everything to go do something fun, or to do something good?
If you’re participating in these daily readings through Facebook, comment to this post with your answer to this question: “If someone came up to you at work and said “Follow me. Now,” what do you think your response would be?”
Opportunity for Action
Set an alarm on your phone or a time in your calendar today at some random time to stop everything and do something you enjoy, something that makes you glad to be alive.
Offer your own prayer or simply close your time of reflection with the Lord’s Prayer spoken aloud.