Psalm 61, 62; Gen. 42:1-17; 1 Cor. 5:1-8; Mark 3:19b-35
…and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
It’s fitting that our lectionary’s gospel reading from Mark starts with this verse of only six words. The preceding two verses tell us of the other appointed apostles, and then in separation and isolation, the name of Judas.
The themes of betrayal, of separation and isolation run through today’s readings. These themes also run through our lives from time to time. As much as I want to think of myself responding as the second thief crucified next to Jesus did, I’m painfully aware that lurking around, in some measure, is that pesky first thief with his insulting challenges. I’m aware also that, given Paul’s exhortation of purity in today’s reading from Corinthians, that I’d still like a little yeast in my bread, thank you.
The season of Lent, however, calls for us to reflect on the yeast in our lives. This season calls for us to rid ourselves of the things that ultimately betray us, separating us and isolating us from God. This is a season for re-membering. This is a season that calls for us to set our hearts and minds, as in today’s psalms, on a rock that is higher than we are, a rock of grace and salvation.
Lord God, thank you for loving us so much that you sent your only son, Jesus, to be our bread of life. Send your Holy Spirit to be in our midst. Help us to taste and see. Amen.
Posted on Tue, March 2, 2010
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