Submitted by Jan on Tue, 23/01/2018 – 09:45
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Year B (2017-2018)
Bible Book: Mark
Verse: 29 – 39
The gospel according to Mark is the oldest story in the New Testament, Mark starts with a prologue and continues sharing several of the healing wonders. Within this particular part (Mark 1:29-39), two things really spoke to me. Firstly, Jesus drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak, as they knew who Jesus was. Jesus must have been a VIP – a very important person, if even demons knew who he was. What does this say about his capabilities? This example is in line with what Isaiah writes in chapter 40:21-31, where he sings about God’s greatness and incomparableness. Isaiah finalizes the chapter by writing that we can find our strength in God.
This brings me to the second point, Mark writes in verse 35-38 that Jesus wakes up really early, to walk to a place of solitude and pray. When the disciples find Jesus, they tell him that the people are waiting for them. His answer is ‘let’s go to the nearby villages’. Jesus sets time apart to be alone, pray and meditate. We are often busy with living our lives, work, studies, taking care of family members and friends, etc. However, let’s not forget that we need time to meditate and reflect, before we move on with our daily tasks.
Instead of sharing my reflections about these texts I would like to encourage you to think about it. Sing together with Isaiah (40:21-31) about God’s greatness. If you have good access to internet, you could also watch this song by Chris Tomlin – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBD18rsVJHk
To think about:
A blessing inspired by St. Patrick, that could help you reflect on this day, this week.
The Lord is in front of you, to guide you
The Lord is behind you to safeguard you from evil
The Lord is next to you, to embrace you and protect you against evil
The Lord is below you, to catch you when you fall
The Lord is in you, to comfort you when you are sad
The Lord surrounds you, like a wall, when others seem to fall around you
The Lord is above you, to bless you
The Lord protects and blesses you, today, tomorrow and for eternity.
Written by: Ms Rhodé Janssen, Youth advocate and trained ‘Churches, Channel of Hope’ Facilitator.
Author: Jansen R (Ms)