Sermons on Mark

Sermons on Mark

No Fruit, but Faith

* It will take a minute to set the context of this passage for this morning. There is far more going on in this story than just what I will read. At this point in Mark’s gospel, Jesus is in Jerusalem for the last time. The stage is being set for Jesus to be challenged by the authorities and for him to assert his place in the greater scheme of things, for all time. There is tension in the air…

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

As Jesus came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.” When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that…

Not Just Another Brick in the Wall

Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the wine press and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Then he sent another…

More than Meets the Eye

    Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”   Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside, begging.  When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call…
cartoon of Jesus erasing lines

The Look of Love

One day some Pharisees and scribes arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus. They noticed that some of his disciples failed to follow the Jewish ritual of hand washing before eating. (The Jews, especially the Pharisees, do not eat until they have poured water over their cupped hands, as required by ancient tradition. Similarly, they don’t eat anything from the market until they immerse their hands in water. This is but one of many of their traditions —such as ceremonial washing…
stack of luggage

How Much Baggage Do We Need?

(Jesus) went away from there and came to his own country; and his disciples followed him. And on the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue; and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? What mighty works are wrought by his hands! Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his…

Interrupting Jesus

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” So he went with him. And a…
Medieval image of Jesus Casting out a Demon

What Do You Want with Me, Jesus?

They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus stepped out of the boat, immediately a man with an unclean spirit met him from out of the tombs. He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him anymore, even with a chain; for he had often been restrained with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart and he broke the shackles in pieces; and no one had…
Jesuits' Symbol

More than Parables Alone

Again Jesus began to teach beside the sea. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the sea and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it…
Contemporary painting of Jesus healing a leper

Beyond boundaries

They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked…
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