First Lesson: Genesis 3: 8-15
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 4: 13-5:1
Gospel: Mark 3:20-35
O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
1. Genesis 3: 8-15
Many find this story a depressing tale of an angry God who is unwilling to give humanity a second chance. Other’s place the blame for the fall on a woman. What’s going on here? When I read this story, I do not find it depressing, rather I find it hopeful. The paradise that Adam and Eve found themselves in may have been nice, but it came at a price – ignorance. Once the ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they acquired knowledge. Knowledge, or wisdom, is a gift from God. But what is the price we pay for it?
2. Psalm 130
The author of the psalm presents an illustration of waiting: “my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.” Think for a moment about those things for which you have waited a long time for, or are still waiting for. Does your faith in God rest upon the successful arrival of whatever it is you are waiting for?
3. 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
In a few weeks, I will be turning 40 – no mid-life crisis, red sports car, or trophy wife is on my horizon. I once heard someone quote one of their favorite authors who said (and I paraphrase) that life after 40 begins one’s entry into what the author calls “a biological dumpster!” I thought of that as I read the line in 2 Corinthians today where the author writes “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” What does our aging have to do with our faith?
4. Mark 3:20-35
In this scripture we see Jesus having to deal with a difficult family situation, in which they flat out say “He is out of his mind.” If you were one of Jesus’ family members that day, what would you have done? Would you have confronted him? Would you have spoken to him privately? Or would you not have wanted to make a scene?
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