The beginning of the gospel – Mark 1:1

Central Reflections

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

The gospel message, euangelion or “good news,” begins with Jesus Christ.  It is the message about him and his coming and about his work.  Mark’s book gives us the story of his life, death and resurrection.  Unlike the quotation that allegedly comes from St. Francis of Assisi, it is full of words from beginning to end.

You may know the little saying that I am talking about, the one that says,

Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.

With respect to this saying, a little debunking is in order.  First of all, it is not likely that Francis ever said it.  Second, he did gobs of verbal preaching, so he evidently thought using words was necessary pretty much all the time.  

How on earth can news, bad or good, be faithfully and continuously communicated without words…

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Matthew 23 Verse by Verse

Central Reflections

Matt photoAs Christ nears the end of his earthly ministry, he exposes the nonsense of religious hypocrisy.  The Seven Woes in this message contrast sharply with the Beatitudes in Matthew 5.

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Some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty – Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23

Central Reflections

The Parable of the Sower is one of the best-known parables of Jesus and one of the most important.  By it we can gauge our response to God’s word.  Here it is,

And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”

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Jesus cares – Matthew 12:9-14

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My thought today is a simple one, but still always relevant: Jesus cares.  This occurred to me while reading the following passage.

He went on from there and entered their synagogue. 10 And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse him. 11 He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to…

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Matthew 10 Verse by Verse

Central Reflections

Matt photoJesus sends out his twelve disciples, but reminds them that following in his steps is not something they should expect to be easy.

Matthew 10.pdf     (Caid Fergusom)

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