Gospel of Mark: Day 10
Teachings about Divorce
Jesus Blesses the Children
The Rich Man
A Third Time Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
The Request of James and John
Bartimaeus Receives His Sight
Journaling Questions for Reflection
And He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery (Mark 10:11-12)." Jesus' teaching on divorce is a challenge to our modern understanding and experience. How can we best love our divorced brothers and sisters? How can we best show compassion to those experiencing broken relationships? How has divorce affected my life? What can I do to promote healthy relationships and marriages in my family? in my community? How often do I pray for my married friends? For my spouse? What role does God have in my relationships--friendships? dating? marriage?
"Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it (Mark 10:15)." What does it mean to receive the kingdom of God like a child? How do children receive things? What expectations do children have? What needs? What requests? How do I receive the kingdom of God? What expectations do I have? What needs? What requests? How can I be more childlike this week? How can I be less childish?
And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come follow me." At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions (Mark 10:21-22)." The story of the rich young man is one we know well. Have I ever noticed that Jesus looked up on him with such love? Jesus spends a great deal of the Gospel of Mark seemingly frustrated with everyone around Him... however in this moment we see great compassion. Do I think Jesus looks upon me with love--even when I'm being stubborn or asking (possibly silly) questions? What do I think the rich young man does after this encounter? Does he change his life?
Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life (Mark 10:29-30)." Do I believe this? Who has witnessed this truth to me? Who do I know that has given up a great deal for the sake of the gospel? What have I left behind? What am I still attached to? What is Jesus asking of me? When have I experienced my own hundredfold blessing?
"But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave to all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:43-45)." Jesus often speaks in paradoxes. What paradoxes are working in my life right now? Where is Jesus asking me to do the opposite of what the world would have me do? Who can I serve today? What does it mean to be a servant? What acts of kindness can I do today without expecting reward or acknowledgement?
And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart; arise, He is calling you." And throwing off his cloak he sprang up and came to Jesus (Mark 10:49-51). What is Jesus calling me to do today? This week? This month? This season of life? When Jesus calls do I throw off my cloak and spring up? When am I slow to say yes? What causes my delay? How can I spring up more quickly and say YES! this week?
Day 10 Challenge:
Heroic Minute! Everyday this week get up the FIRST TIME your alarm goes off! Say YES, to the day and whatever it is that Jesus is asking of you from the first minute of the day. Starting our day with "Thank you, Jesus, for another day!" is always a better choice than whatever grumbling happens after that first snooze.