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Friday, September 04, 2015

Poor Jesus! At the beginning of this gospel reading Mark writes that he is just trying to get some privacy but he can't "escape notice." Then at the end of the reading, when he orders the people not to tell anyone what he's done, the story tells us, "The more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it." Can we forgive those early evangelists or followers for disobeying Jesus' orders and wanting to be near him and tell others about him? Sometimes news is just too good not enjoy and proclaim.

So what aspect of your faith is too good not to share? What is it about Jesus, if you take the time to think about it (and pray about it), that astounds you and makes you want to delight in it enough to share it with all the world?

We are called to proclaim the good news to others. In what ways can you share your faith today?

Lord Jesus, breathe your presence into me today. Fill me with joy even in the midst of my stress and help me proclaim your good news to those who need to hear it. Amen.

Tim and Chamie Delkeskamp
Ascension Lutheran, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Master of Divinity , 1998

Mark 7:24-37 (NRSV)

24 From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice,
25 but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet.
26 Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
27 He said to her, "Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs."
28 But she answered him, "Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs."
29 Then he said to her, "For saying that, you may go--the demon has left your daughter."
30 So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis.
32 They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him.
33 He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue.
34 Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened."
35 And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.
36 Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.
37 They were astounded beyond measure, saying, "He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak."

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