Aug 30, 2014

What I Would Say to You

Psalm 46:10
Don’t give up on your dreams . As hard as life gets, it will be the dreams that God has put in your life that will keep you going. God will send people into your life who will encourage you and challenge you. Be wise and learn to recognize them...Read more +
Aug 29, 2014

An Ironic Ending

Mark 16:1-8
The ending of the Gospel of Mark presents multiple mysteries. Most English Bibles print several options for the concluding verses of Mark 16, usually with notes that explain the curious manuscript evidence. The oldest manuscripts of Mark end with verse 8, the last words being: “because they were too frightened”...Read more +
Aug 28, 2014

Joseph of Arimathea

Mark 15:42-47
Mark 15:43 introduces a man named Joseph, who was from Arimathea, a small town northwest of Jerusalem. He is identified as “an honored member of the high council” (15:43). We know this council by another name, the Sanhedrin. This body, composed of the most prominent Jewish leaders, exercised considerable authority...Read more +
Aug 27, 2014

Faithful Together

Mark 15:1-41
In my last reflection, I focused on the women who were faithful to Jesus even as he was crucified. Their example stood in contrast to that of the male disciples who deserted Jesus. What enabled the women to remain faithful even at the risk of their own well-being? Why did...Read more +
Aug 26, 2014

Those Who Did Not Desert Jesus

Mark 15:1-41
Before Christ died, Peter did the “unthinkable.” He rejected Jesus. He denied any personal association with "this man." Peter was not alone, of course, because all of his disciples deserted him, just as Jesus had predicted (14:27, 50). Well, not quite all. Yes, the twelve who had followed him most...Read more +
Aug 25, 2014

God Forsaking God?

Mark 15:1-34
As Jesus was dying on the cross, he echoed the beginning of Psalm 22, which reads: My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every...Read more +
Aug 24, 2014

Trust God

Isaiah 41:10
A few weeks ago, I turned 50. As I was approaching 50, I began thinking a lot about all that has happened since I arrived at an American boarding school as a scared fifteen-year-old from Iran. What would I tell that scared and lonely fifteen year-old version of me? How...Read more +
Aug 23, 2014

Mi Casa Es Su Casa

Acts 4:32-37
Growing up in Mexico, the courteous response to a compliment about a physical possession was always to offer to let the person borrow it. It sounds strange now, but “te lo presto cuando quieras” (you can borrow it whenever you want) was a common phrase I used, I heard it...Read more +
Aug 22, 2014

Jesus Takes Up His Cross

Mark 15:20
Jesus had said this would happen. For quite some time, he had predicted his suffering and death. The first time came right after Peter confessed him to be the Messiah. Jesus responded: “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes,...Read more +
Aug 21, 2014

Doing the Unthinkable

Mark 14:66-72
Only a few verses earlier in Mark 14, Jesus told his disciples that they would desert him (14:27). When Peter emphatically denied that he would do this, Jesus told him that “this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.” In...Read more +