3.9.2015 Monday of Lent 3 Mark 9:14-32 Jesus goes to Jerusalem to face His oppressors
Christians live in a hostile world, for friendship with the world is enmity to God. For the second time, Jesus tells His disciples of His upcoming passion at the hands of the religious leaders. Also, opposition breaks out among the disciples as to which one of them is the greatest.
How does the world measure greatness? What are the marks of success? A good education, social status, a comfortable nest egg? Each person has their own definition of success, status, and greatness. According to Jesus success is determined in love toward God. We loose our life in this world only to find it in the world to come. We find importance not in what we have achieved but in grace earned for us by the love of Jesus God’s own Son.
Look upon the heart-felt desires of your humble servants, Almighty God, and stretch forth the right hand of your majesty to be our defense against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.