Welcome to We Wonder: Lent. Long ago, Jesus said to his friends, "Come: follow me," and during Lent we will follow him all the way through the gospel of Mark. Today we are finishing the first chapter of Mark's book, and already all sorts of people who are sick, hurting, or being hurt by evil spirits are coming to find Jesus for help.
Mark 1:29-45 (NIRV)
Do any of Jesus's words or actions that I heard today comfort me, or make me feel good? Can I hold those words as a gift from God?
Do any of Jesus's words or actions that I heard today upset me, or confuse me? Can I talk to God about that right now?
I wonder how Peter's mother-in-law felt when the fever left her body?
I wonder why people brought others who were sick, or who were being hurt by evil spirits, to the place where Jesus was staying? I wonder how they knew Jesus could help them?
I wonder why Jesus got up early, and went to find a place where he could be alone and pray?
When the man with the skin disease came to Jesus, Jesus was moved deep inside: he felt sad and sorry for the man all the way down in his belly. I wonder what his face looked like, as he gazed down at the man on his knees?
I wonder why Jesus told the man not to tell anyone after he healed him?
Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to ask God about right now?
Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to take with me and hold close?
Jesus of Nazareth, son of God: thank you that we have a book filled with your words and deed. Give us the wisdom and understanding that comes from your Holy Spirit, so that we can know you better and follow you all the days of our lives. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
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