Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on February 26, 2012

Gospel reading of the day::

Mark 1:12-15

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him. After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: After Jesus received his baptism, he entered into a Lent of his own as he moved into the desert for forty days of prayer, reflection, and fasting. And, during that time, Jesus was tested. Mark does not describe Jesus’ temptations, but Matthew and Luke do. The tests that Matthew and Luke suggested Jesus endured resemble the kind of tests that Jesus faced in the course of his public life. The meaning and symbolism of the passage helps us to understand the conflicts in Jesus’ life, and they tell us something about the conflicts in ours, too.

We live in a space and time with circumstances, and it is in this space, time, and these circumstances, that we face tests. Our temptations, like Jesus’ temptations, make great sense within the context of our lives. But it isn’t just the tests that make sense in our lives: it’s also God’s victories over them. Like Jesus, we wrestle with the meaning of our existence as we live into our experiences.

Spiritual reading: Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. (Soren Kierkegaard)

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