Prayer: Lord God, today helps us to hear your will for us, comfort us, and speak your name to all whom we encounter. Amen.
Reading: Mark 5:21-43 (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: For those of us who will soon be going to the Youth Gathering in Detroit, we have been studying the whole of the gospel of Mark. One of the main themes in Mark is the Messianic Secret, which is that Jesus is always keeping it quiet that he is the Messiah, the Son of God. For us this is no secret! We know Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah, the Christ. Yet our reading for today ends with, “[Jesus] strictly ordered them that no one should know [who Jesus is and what he can do].”
So we see these wonderful acts of faith by Jairus and the women healed that cause Jesus to grant their requests. Yet they are told not to tell anyone. If we look at the end of the gospel of Mark, we see that Jesus is finally revealed as the Christ in his death on the cross. That is our point, that Jesus is revealed to us and the world as the savior of all who believe, just as the woman and Jairus believed.
Jesus has been revealed as the Christ in the events of Good Friday. We know the truth, now we tell others of this truth of life changing love. –Peter Horn, Camp Mount Luther Board Member and Summer Week Chaplain
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