O Jesus, I want to serve you and your friends.
Picture Jesus with a child in the middle of his disciples.
In the second half of Mark’s gospel, Jesus deliberately withdraws from the crowds to teach his disciples about his suffering and death, and about their difficult duties as disciples. The more he explains, the less they seem to grasp (as in this story).
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- What a contrast. Jesus talks about his death. The disciples talk about their importance.
- They go inside the house. The disciples are so important that Jesus leaves the crowds behind. This is private teaching.
- When confronted, the disciples know that they were wrong. They grow silent, not trying to defend themselves.
- Jesus makes the application easy to understand. Within the Christian community, the disciple must sacrifice and serve.
- The child represents the newcomer, the new believer. Serving and teaching new believers is the apostles’ primary task.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, you paid a great price to redeem me.
- You saved me. You died for me when I was a sinner.
- Now others must be saved, and I must pay the price.
- Help me to set aside my selfish desires. I will sacrifice for the Kingdom.
- O Jesus, I fall silent before you. You have done so much and I have done so little.
- Help me to serve, to bring your gospel to those who have never heard.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will look for chances today to evangelize.
+ In all my relationships, I will try to serve others.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
They did not understand a word and were afraid to ask him.