Saturday, April 8
by The Rev. Mary Morrison
The disciples are on the road, going up to Jerusalem. For a brief moment in time, we join them in their journey. Mark tells us, “Jesus was walking ahead of them; they were amazed and those who followed were afraid.”
The Christian life is a journey, a pilgrimage, and each year, during Lent, we are once again travellers on the road of transformation, the road to Easter and new life. We try to leave our old selves behind and become the people God has created us to be, but those old selves are tenacious and hard to shake. And our journey is rarely fast and smooth; rather, the way is long, with many ups and downs.
As always, Jesus is out in front of us, leading us to abundant new life God desires for us, a life of love and joy, peace and hope. Yet we—like the disciples—are afraid. We know that the journey to that abundant new life, like so many of life’s journeys, is also one of loss, pain, and grief.
This little snippet from Mark’s Gospel serves to remind us that God’s ways are not our ways. Even in seemingly hopeless situations, God can be at work bringing healing and wholeness (even if it isn’t the health and wholeness we expect). It also reminds us to pay attention: to keep looking for the elusive signs of God’s work in the world around us; keep listening for hints of God’s spirit in the noise that surrounds us; and keep searching for God’s life in the places we least expect to find it.
And Jesus I have promised to serve thee to the end
O give me grace to follow, my Master and my friend
– Hymn 655