During the season of Lent, as many of you know by now, Pastor Tim and I have been encouraging everyone to join us on a journey through the Gospel of Mark, reading a little each day until the whole Gospel is read by Easter. Daily readings are accompanied by a few questions related to the days selection of scripture. Some of these questions may encourage personal reflection while others may invite you to enter the scripture as you relate to people’s actions or thoughts.
We picked the Gospel of Mark for the read-through for many reasons. First, it is the shortest Gospel and can therefore much more easily fit into our Lenten season. Second, it was most likely the first Gospel to be written, being completed sometime around 70 AD/CE, and was a source for the remaining Gospels.
Each day of our journey through Mark the first question for pondering will always be “how is God speaking through this text?” This is an important question to ask whenever approaching scripture. We all have our favorite scriptures that we turn to when we are joyful or when we are in need of comfort. But God speaks through all scripture; even the scriptures that are
difficult. Even those familiar scriptures may speak to us differently depending on where we are in our faith journey and what God wants us to hear through that text on a certain day.
As we journey through the Gospel of Mark during Lent, I encourage you to listen both to the way God has spoken to you through these stories and teachings in the past as well as have open ears to where God might be speaking anew to you. Sometimes we miss the whole scope of the story when we only read selections from a text but our understanding of scripture may shift when we allow ourselves to be immersed in a single book of the Bible for a concentrated period of time. So, through the season of lent, while we are preparing for our own encounter once again with the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, we will also follow the journey of Christ told through the eyes of Mark. Open your ears and your hearts to where God might be speaking to you through the whole scope of Christ’s story in the Gospel of Mark. What do you notice about God? What do you notice about Jesus relationship with God or with humanity? How is the work of the Holy Spirit present in the story and today?
If you are receiving the daily emails from Pastor Tim and I with the scripture text and reflection questions and something speaks to you, excites you or concerns you, feel free to respond to the email and let us know. If you are going through the read-through by paper, make notes of the things that are sticking out to you and let us know. We would love to hear from you and share in your reflections on this journey. We’re on this journey together and the best part of this is we share in each other’s experiences as we walk.