Mark 8 vs 27-9 vs 1
These verses come right in the middle of Mark’s Gospel. And they mark a very significant transition in the narrative. This is the first time that Jesus’s true identity as Messiah is recognized. As soon as Peter identifies Jesus for who he really is, Jesus begins to teach the disciples that he must undergo great suffering. This is the first time that Jesus teaches about his death. From this point on the Gospel is focused on the great events of Easter, which is why Mark’s Gospel has been called a Passion Narrative with a long introduction. This moment at Caesarea Philippi is the hinge on which the book turns. It is the turning point of the Gospel.
Let’s think about the turning points in our lives. What have been the events, the discussions on which our lives have hinged? And what about the present crisis? How will life be different when it is all over? Do we want it to be different or do we want things to go back how they were?
For Friday, March 27
Psalm 107 vs 1-32
I have heard many people say that one of the secrets to thriving in these times of isolation is to maintain a routine and a rhythm to life. Prayer is an important part of that routine. I have found it helpful to find a pattern of prayer which can become a habit, not something I do simply when I feel like it. I hope that these electronic services of Morning and Evening Prayer are helping to shape your days. Today’s Psalm reminds us that each day we are to “give thanks to the Lord for he is good.” Thanksgiving is a great habit. There are always things for which we can give thanks to God. I am grateful today for the technology which is enabling us to stay in contact.