Black Friday: the day after Thanksgiving. Crowds press against the doors of stores before they open for the big plunge into the special sales that await them. Everyone longs to get the very best deal on clothing, electronics, or some other item that excites the crowd.
St. Mark tells us that crowds pressed around Jesus, longing not for some “thing” they think will make them happy, but for healing from diseases that threaten their lives. One by one, Jesus places his loving hands on people and they are healed. However, much more than the crowds pressing about Jesus, is Jesus himself coming near, pressing about and embracing hearts so that healing can happen for body, mind and spirit.
Jesus used to pass long hours of the night in prayer. When you wake up at night, breathe in and out this prayer: “In the night I long for You, O Jesus.”
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels.
In this year B in the three-year cycle, we read the Gospel of Mark.
In the season Epiphany, we read the first three chapters.
This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick