Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39
The more I look at this text in chapter 15 and contemplate its placement in John’s Gospel, the more I come to believe that it is associated with the Lord’s Supper—and with the community gathered around Christ.
In this week’s Gospel reading, Jesus heals many sick people and casts out many demons. I’ve been thinking about healing a lot lately.
The cartoon devil perched on your shoulder isn’t exactly an image of demon possession. But maybe the compulsion to listen to temptation is the possession. There’s a force that doesn’t let go easily.
For many of us, Advent is the most meaningful season of the church year. It’s not passive waiting; it’s living into the promised future.
Patience is not one of our stronger characteristics. A flight delay or traffic jam can become an emotional and physical crisis.
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.
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