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Interruption and disruption

Interruption and disruption

Jonah’s physical presence in Ninevah brings disruption and unhinges everything. The city stops. Everyone repents, animals too!

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Take heart

Take heart

Take heart. Remember that Jesus never asks his disciples to leave, no matter how they stumbled. He never gives up on us – neither should we.

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A soft heart

A soft heart

You always know there is going to be trouble when you hear or read the words “Some Pharisees”. Because some…

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But they were silent

But they were silent

“What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.

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We all have an agenda

We all have an agenda

The disciples also had their agenda.  It was pretty much a one item affair, but it was important to them, who was the greatest?

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Perseverance

Perseverance

Do you ever have those days when you really have to stick at something, to show perseverance, when you would much rather simply give in!  I have had one of those last week when I had to sort out our television licence.

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Crumbs of comfort

Crumbs of comfort

One commentator described today’s Gospel in Mark as “Jesus with his compassion down”. Perhaps we might call it: “Small crumbs of comfort”.

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Come aside and rest awhile

Come aside and rest awhile

Jesus is telling us that we must also come aside and rest awhile. To slow down and pay attention to our own hearts, our own movements.

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A healing interrupted

A healing interrupted

So, next time that you’re interrupted… just pause a second… before you decide what to do next. Pause before you decide how to respond.

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Other boats were with him

Other boats were with him

We need a nudge to remember that there are other people in other boats out there when we’re in a storm – and Jesus calms it for them too.

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Do not be afraid?

Do not be afraid?

Do not be afraid may be the most common phrase in the scriptures, but we know that we have been afraid; and we will be again.

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He has been raised

He has been raised

Mark the brief. Mark the sometimes hasty; Mark who gets to the point and gets there quickly. And the point is: HE HAS BEEN RAISED!

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Come, thou long un-expected Jesus

Come, thou long un-expected Jesus

Did you notice something un-expected in our Gospel reading today from Mark? Frankly, Jesus acts like he’s a day-tripping tourist.

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A beer on a Friday night

A beer on a Friday night

Noah got out of the ark, gave thanks to God, had a barbecue, where he burnt everything and then he got drunk. Maybe it was on a Friday night?

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The bathed and the bewildered

The bathed and the bewildered

Jesus was bathed in light and there were two Old Testament figures: Moses and Elijah. The disciples were bewildered. How to respond?

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