Read: Mark 9:1-50
Centering Verse: Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” (Mark 9:7)
- How have you witnessed the Kingdom of God coming in power?
- How would you have felt if you witnessed the Transfiguration? What would be your response?
- How might your prayers change the world around you?
- What might you need to cut out of your life in order to follow God more faithfully?
If you are a parent, how many times have you told your children, “Listen to me!” Or how many times did you hear it from your own parents? It is no mistake that Jesus calls upon the disciples to be like children in this same passage in which the Father tells them to listen to Jesus. Hopefully, our children listen to us because they trust us. That is what is being asked of the disciples in this chapter. Trust in Jesus and do what he says, for he has your best interests at heart. Interestingly enough, the disciples display attributes of childishness (instead of childlike trust) in this chapter. They argue about who is the greatest among them and they disapprove of someone outside the inner circle doing good works in the name of Jesus. If they would listen to Jesus, then they would see that his words contradict the often childish “collective wisdom” of society. Whereas we have been taught implicitly since childhood that anyone who is not for us is against us, Jesus turns this teaching around in order to welcome all who might come freely into the Kingdom of God. Jesus instead says, “Whoever is not against us is for us.” He is broadening the base and expanding the family of God. That is his mission – not to establish some insiders’ club for the few and privileged. Just as Jesus has trusted the Father, we are called to trust. Who knows? Others might come to trust in him through our witness.
LORD God, who has given us the words of life to receive and obey, whisper your truth within our ears. May we use that truth to embrace others, and not to exclude them. Amen.