Lenten Devotional: March 14 | Mark 3:7-19a

Monday, March 14, 2022 | Mark 3:7-19a

Elaine Zevkovich

When I first arrived in Pittsburgh, I was full of hope and excitement at what was the beginning of the fulfillment of a vision I had for my future. It was not long after I arrived that the vision was changed forever. As I have struggled over the last few years trying to reimagine my future, I have begun to realize that when God calls us to serve, we might be fearful of the message or the struggle ahead. We may wish there was another way. 

As I read and reflected on this passage from Mark’s gospel, I wondered if I would have recognized Jesus for who he was or if I would have been like the people in the passage who were pressing to meet Jesus because of what he could do for them. I imagine in their hopelessness that they were more concerned with being healed by Jesus than getting to know him. I too often look to be healed by Jesus in what might look like the easy way forward. But often there is no easy way forward and you must work at getting to know Jesus; work at not just asking him to heal you but instead asking how to truly follow him. 

I admit that this has been a journey for me over the past few years, but Lent is a time that reminds me about who Jesus was and how I can learn how to be one of his disciples by trying to follow his example. It may not be the easiest way, but I am beginning to envision my new future.

Elaine Zevkovich has been attending Trinity Cathedral for 2 ½ years. She serves as the Altar Guild Director and sits on the Cathedral Chapter and Outreach Committee.