Prayer: Help us, dear God, to reflect on you in this Lenten journey and do your works. Amen.
Reading: Mark 1: 8-15 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: John the Baptist (Jesus’ cousin) introduces Jesus as being “far greater than I.” And then the Holy Spirit instructs Jesus to spend 40 days in the desert! What a letdown. How would you feel? No smart phone, no texting, no pizza, no ice cream.
The exciting fact is that Jesus returns from the desert, meets Simon Peter and his brothers, and enthusiastically invites them to “follow me for I will make you fishers of men”.
Can we compare Jesus time in the desert to our Lenten experience? Can we step back for forty days and reflect on what is really essential?
As we approach Easter may we be filled with a renewed spirit of joy and enthusiasm to do God’s works. –-Alice Yeakel
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