Week 7(18-24 Feb.) 1st Sunday of Lent
Sunday – Transfiguration
Scripture Reading: Mark 9:2-13
Transfiguration – the physical embodiment of the “Glory of the Lord” the light that shines in the darkness. When Peter, James and John witness Elijah and Moses coming to Jesus and witness Christ’s change, they were terrified and not knowing what to say ask Jesus if they should build shelters for Him, Moses and Elijah. They were provoked to action but did not know what action to take. Sometimes, the action to take is to watch, listen and learn and in due time, God’s time, will be the time to do.
Pastor’s Pondering: For us how important is the action to watch, listen and learn to being transformed to shine with the “Glory of the Lord.”
Monday – Demoniac Youth Healing
Scripture Reading: Mark 9:14-29
Straight from the mountaintop transfiguration experience to the reality of the darkness of the world in the valley, Jesus comes down to find the rest of the disciples and the scribes arguing with a crowd gathered around them. A faithless generation is one that tries to do all things, even religion, on their own, in their own way, for their own benefit. The only true way to overcome the darkness is by knowing Christ, growing in Christ, and sharing Christ which requires walking and talking with Jesus in our lives thereby praying without ceasing. Prayer draws us close to God, God’s power and God’s light. Thus, without prayer, disciples don’t have the power to overcome the dark days.
Pastor’s Pondering: What is the connection to prayer and having faith in action especially during the dark days of life/ministry?
Tuesday – Christ foretelling 2
Scripture Reading: Mark 9:30-32
As we see in this passage, the reason Jesus did not want people to know he was there was so that he could focus on teaching the disciples especially about the forthcoming dark days of His ministry. But, we see they didn’t understand and were afraid to ask Jesus. This results in their being surprised, afraid and overcome when Jesus is arrested, tried, convicted, crucified, and buried.
Pastor’s Pondering: How often are we afraid to ask God/Jesus/Others when we are uncertain about what is happening especially during the dark days of our lives?
Wednesday – Humility
Scripture Reading: Mark 9:33-50
One of the most important lessons we have to learn as disciples of Christ is of humility. The darkness of the world is when Self is the most important thing in life. That is our human nature. The teachings of Jesus on humility focuses on making God and Others the focus in life. The Salt that we are to have in life is our Love for God and having God’s love for others which means putting Faith (God’s Love) in action in the world. True peace comes when the Love of Christ becomes our love in our life together – denying ourselves, taking up our crosses and following Jesus.
Pastor’s Pondering: How is humility a sign of Faith in Action?
Thursday – Marriage
Scripture Reading: Mark 10:1-13
Why is marriage so important to our life and Faith in Action? Because it is to be the closest thing in life that testifies to the covenant of love that God shares with us. Marriage is to be a sign to the world of God’s love and what it means in life. Divorce is the sign of not only the broken love between a couple but the brokenness of our world. The more broken our world the more broken is our concept of marriage.
Pastor’s Pondering: How does marriage become a reflection of the world’s understanding of God’s love?
Friday – Blessing the Little Children
Scripture Reading: Mark 10:13-16
As parents are bringing their children to see Jesus, the disciples view them as the world views them – not important until they are older/adults. Jesus emphasizes that not only are they important but we must be like them to enter the kingdom of God. We must allow Jesus to take us up in His arms, lay his hands on us and bless us. We must see this world as children trusting in God, our Father, to care for us, Jesus, our brother, to walk and talk with us and the Holy Spirit to bring God’s love to us that we may know God’s peace and light even in the dark days that we may have in life.
Pastor’s Pondering: How are we to approach life with our faith in action as a little child in God’s kingdom?
Saturday – The Rich Young Ruler
Scripture Reading: Mark 10:17-31
The perils of becoming an adult is when we begin to trust and rely on our own ability. The rich, young ruler may have been a good moral person by the ten commandments but when it came time to be willing to give all he had to follow Jesus, he was not willing and thus would not nor could not enter the kingdom of God. When our possessions become burdens to us in life, weights that hold us down and barriers that prevents God’s light to shine through then we must strip them off so that we can “go through the eye of the needle.”
Pastor’s Pondering: When our faith is in action in life how can we keep serving God and not our wealth?