March 4, 2020

Scripture Reading: Mark 31.32-39
That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

  • Healers were not uncommon figures in Jesus’ time. Jesus certainly seems to have had a healing ministry during his lifetime for every gospel account refers to some sort of healing act that he performed. Mark tells us, “And the whole city was gathered around the door.” I can read that one of two ways: either as a statement about the notoriety of Jesus’ healing ministry or about the state of city’s wellness. I hesitate to suggest that even Jesus can be overwhelmed by it all, but even he goes looking for a deserted place for a little respite. Could even Jesus have struggled with compassion fatigue? During today’s journaling time, imagine putting yourself into the position of someone in the crowd or even into Jesus position. I encourage writing about your experience in the 1st person (using “I” statements). Blessings as you journal today.

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