16 Days with Mark: Chapter 12
Gospel of Mark: Day 12
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
The Question about Paying Taxes
The Question about Man's Resurrection
The First Commandment
Jesus Denounces the Hypocrisy of the Scribes
The Widow's Offering
Journaling Questions for Reflection
He had still one other, a beloved son; finally he sent him to them, saying, "They will respect my son." But those tenants said to one another, "This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours (Mark 12:6-8)." The parable of the wicked tenants reflects the continual rejection of the prophets by the Jewish people. How familiar am I will the Old Testament or the prophets that foretold of Christ's coming? What can I do to learn more about the bible? In four days this challenge will end. What book of scripture will I study next?
Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's (Mark 12:17)." Being a member of the Church does not place us in a vacuum. What does it mean to be a Christian and a citizen of my country? What role should Christians play in the public square? What can I do to better my country? How often to I pray for those that lead the government? How much do I pay attention to where my tax dollars are going? What causes do I support?
And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection; and they asked him a question (Mark 12:18). What do I believe about the resurrection? What role does hope of the resurrection play in my life? How often do I contemplate my own death? What feelings do death and resurrection bring up in my heart? How can reflecting on the resurrection help my grief?
Jesus answered, "The first is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:29-31).'" Which is the most difficult to love... the Lord? my neighbor? or myself? How can I love each better today... the Lord? my neighbor? myself?
And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, "Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living (Mark 12:42-44)." Where is the Lord calling me to be more generous? With my time? With my talent? With my treasure? Do I give out of my abundance or my poverty? How do I encourage a spirit of generosity in others?
Day 12 Challenge:
Face today with a spirit of Magnanimity!