The Silence of Jesus

Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.

Mark 15:5

We continue with our reading of the Passion of Jesus. He is dragged before the governor, Pilate. Here we see the connection between the words “passion” and “passive.” Jesus does not defend himself before this wicked governor; instead, he keeps an awesome silence.

Jesus is the one who is really in charge, since he is allowing all this suffering to take place so that we might be liberated once and for all from evil. Though great meanness is happening to Jesus that will bring on his death, Jesus silently allows these evil forces to come against him—all out of love for you and me, so that we might know how much God loves us.

Mark 15:1-20

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Silence before all Pilates v. 5
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the eleventh of thirteen weeks in the season of Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north. Year B.
Fridays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
We read the Gospel of Mark in Year B.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

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