Lenten Devotional: April 5 | Mark 9:42-50

Some passages of Scripture are confusing. It can be a challenge to understand the context, to discern the meaning, or see the relevance to our lives today. The reading today can fall into that category (at least for me!) When confronted with a confusing or difficult passage of Scripture I am reminded that I do not read the Bible alone–it isn’t up to me alone to figure it out. That’s such a gift! 

Lenten Devotional: March 30 | Mark 8:11-26

I’m often astounded by the Pharisees and the disciples…although I shouldn’t be. If I’m honest, there are times when I can be as obstinate and dense as they were. In today’s reading, the Pharisees publicly challenge Jesus to perform an immediate miracle.

Lenten Devotional: March 28 | Mark 7:24-37

At first glance, the story of Jesus and the Syrophoenician woman strikes feelings of embarrassment and confusion in me. In the middle of the story, I find myself hoping that Jesus will miraculously resolve the situation after seemingly insulting the woman before him.

Lenten Devotional: March 26 | Mark 7:1-23

This first part of Mark chapter seven may take a few readings to begin to understand–at least it did for me. This first part of Mark chapter seven may take a few readings to begin to understand–at least it did for me. At first glance, it reads as if it may be a debate about ancient near east hygiene habits or maybe elderly parent care? If you, too, are left wondering what the conversation Jesus and the Pharisees are having is really about, you are in good company. The disciples are confused too. 

Lenten Devotional: March 25 | Luke 1:26-38

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation. The Scriptures put before us a woman whose vocation was to bear the incarnate God in her body and deliver him to the world, and who took up this vocation with courage and faith.