Bible Passages / Lenten Meditation

Lenten Meditation-Mark 3: 34-35

The True Kindred of Jesus

34And looking at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! 35Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.’

This is what I thought when I read this passage. Do the will of God: Read the bible, study scriptures, love your neighbor as yourself, love God with all your heart and only then are you brother and sister and mother. Because families exists for each other; help each other; pray for each other; love each other. Isn’t that doing the will of God? If it is, then we are not doing the will of God. I think most of us believe it’s just a free ride. Sit back relax and enjoy the trip.

Two thousand years ago a group of people sat around listening to a teacher like no other teacher. These people understood the will of God far better than we do now. Yet, we think we are so smart. We think we know so much more than those simple peasants that gathered in front of the house of Jesus Christ. Why? Why do we think that? We are so sure, so arrogant, so proud of our accomplishments. We barely give God a second thought. If we attend a church at all, it’s out of some small sense of commitment to this shriveled part of us that longs for God. And it is shriveled. We are lost souls and we don’t even care. We have rationalized away all the wisdom in the bible. That’s easy to do because most of us don’t even read the bible. We just heard that it’s full of contradictions. The stories are fairy tales. God is too violent. It’s just a boring book.

Here we are two thousand years later and we are less inclined to do God’s will than ever. This will eventually tear us apart.

Prayer: Lord, we are not doing it. We are slipping away from the “True Kindred of Jesus”. We only see our will. We only see our own selfish wants and needs. We are not being a family. I am sorry Jesus. We are an ungodly nation. In your name I pray that we wake up soon. Amen

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