Monday, November 16, 2015

Bonus Reading, Mark

Desperate for Healing      

Today's reading is a series of brief vignettes that talk about Jesus' efforts to heal those who want to be healed.  The first is a famous miracle, where people are so desperate to get a paralyzed man to Jesus that they lower him through a roof.  The second, though, is a unique story of Jesus calling a disciple -- Levi, who is a tax collector.  Tax collectors were despised, but Jesus explains that he came to reach sinners who needed him, not spend time with righteous people.  The third is a justification for Jesus' disciples not to fast -- because people should feast -- celebrate -- when they are in Jesus' presence.

Read Mark 2:1-22  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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