What is the truth of life? Let’s explore through the scripture gospel of Mark.
And he took them in his arms and blessed them laying his hands upon them. – Mark 10:16
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, what picture do you see today in Mark’s gospel?
I see our Lord in one of the most beautiful ways can imagine. I am his child, sitting in his lap, being carried in his arms while he touches me and blesses me-forever.
Can you see yourself there, too? I hope so because our Lord is nearing that glorious week when he takes all of us and individually lifts us. He is on his way to the greatest blessing for our lives for all time. As his cross is lifted toward the skies, so we are lifted up and as he is buried in the tomb, blesses the graves of all his faithful people. And as we anticipate the joy of new life, he touches us ‘with resurrection hope forever.
What a picture! Truth of Life
Jesus looked at them and said, “With men, it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27
What more do we want? Yesterday we had a picture of our Lord worth a thousand words. Today, we get a few words worth a thousand thanks.
The monkey was taken off our back with these words from Jesus. No longer do we have to try to do the impossible. Jesus tells us that we cannot save ourselves, and we will kill ourselves, trying to do it.
However, he is on a possible journey. Jesus is taking the “high road” that God had planned for us and all humanity. Our Lord is doing right now what we cannot, we will not, and we could not do for ourselves.
How will any of us be saved? It is impossible for us, but very possible for God. Stay tuned. Watch and listen very carefully.
For the Son of Man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45
I told you to stay in touch. The road to Jerusalem draws closer. The options for our’ Lord grow more narrow each day. The path to salvation’s way is getting very pointed, direct, and bright. The ransom by the servant is about to be paid.
We are to serve-as Christ did-is the command of Jesus. We are to use the gifts God has given us to point out how Christ served us and how we serve each other.
Go to your libraries today and look at photos of the paintings of Albrecht Durer, whose life we commemorate today. Study the masterpieces of Michelangelo: David, the Pieta, the Sistine Chapel, the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. These artists saw God’s gifts in creation, in people, but especially in how God served us in Christ. They shared their tips and served God well. We are called to do no less in our age.
And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say,” Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Mark 10:47
And hearing Bartimaeus cry out, Jesus did have mercy on him.
On his way toward Holy Week, Jesus took time to listen to one person crying out for help. The crowd felt he had far too important matters ahead to interrupt his journey. But Jesus once again shows us that the life and work and ministry of the Church are to be suspended so that we can show pity and have mercy on others.
Yes, we can see the crowds starting to gather in Jerusalem. We can hear the crowds in the temple, the courtyard, and even near Calvary. But the crowds, to Jesus, are individuals with concerns, needs, and cares. Jesus, on his way for all of us, is willing to stop for each one of us if only we would ask.
What a joy it is for us to know we are so valuable and essential that our Lord will stop for us when we ask.
O Lord, thank you for picking us and blessing us. We are celebrating being your children forever. A thousand, thousand thanks are due you, O Lord, for what you have done for us. We could never make it alone. You show us the way, every day. Help us, O God, to serve you and your people as Christ became a servant for us. Help our ransomed lives to reflect your glory. You have important work ahead, O Lord. Please listen to us today, however, as we ask you for help, the grace and the mercy we need. Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us. May the Lord help us to know the truth of life.
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