You did it! You made it to Day 2 of our Crash Course in Mark! Pick up that bible, and lets get to it!!
Gospel of Mark: Day 2
The second chapter of Mark is about half the length of the first. If nothing in Mark 2, particularly tugs at your heart, feel free to return to Mark 1 and go deeper. The goal of the 16 Day Journey with the Gospel of Mark is to read a Gospel in its entirety, but the Holy Spirit may be moving you to keep reflecting on a particular passage that you have already covered.
Contained in the second chapter of Mark are the following scenes from Jesus’ life:
The Healing of the Paralytic
The Call of Levi
The Question About Fasting
The Disciples and the Sabbath
Journaling Questions for Reflection
When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that he was at home (Mark 2:1). How is my heart a home for Jesus? How can I be more hospitable to Jesus? Here the people crowd around Jesus, desperate to hear His word--do I rush to hear the word of Jesus? How can I better seek opportunities to be immersed and formed by His love?
They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men (Mark 2:3). Who in my life carries me to Jesus? Who in my life knows I need healing? Where do I go for healing? For escape? Who do I bring to Jesus? Who in my life needs healing?
Follow me (Mark 2:14). How is the Lord asking me to follow Him today? What stops me from saying yes freely? Where in my life is there a lack of freedom?
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners (Mark 2:17).” Why do I consider myself unworthy of the love of Jesus? The love of others? Do I consider myself well or sick? Righteous or a sinner? How does my inner poverty demonstrate my need for Jesus? Do I share my fears or feelings of inadequacy with Jesus? Or am I too proud?
“But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day (Mark 2:20).” What role does fasting play in my life? What small sacrifice can I make for the intention of myself or others? How can fasting provide me with greater spiritual self-discipline?
“Have you ever read what David did (Mark 2:25)?” How often do I read Scripture? What do I know about the Old Testament? How can I grow in my knowledge of God’s plan of salvation? Why is it important?
“The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath (Mark 2:27).” What did God intend for our sabbath days? How do I utilize my sabbath days? How do I rest and recreate? What loved ones do I visit? How are Sundays used to grow in love with the Lord and my neighbors?
Day 2 Challenge
Give fasting a try. Perhaps only for a day or a week, give up something small (e.g. coffee, sugar, tv, making snappy remarks, needing to be right, music in the car, etc.) for the following intentions:
For yourself to better see how much the Lord loves you.
For a person in your life (and his/her intentions) that is far from Jesus and His Church.
For a person in your life (and his/her intentions) that models holiness for you.