If you read the gospels, you'll quickly learn that Jesus anticipated his crucifixion. He knew his death was coming. That being the case, could he have then sought to escape the cross? Could he have gone into hiding after that fateful supper with the disciples, when Judas went off into the night to betray him? Of course, Jesus did not do that because he knew that his death was necessary. But why was it necessary? What does Jesus' death accomplish? That's what Jasmine will address in her sermon as she takes a closer look at the 15th chapter of Mark's Gospel.
The Gospels tell many stories about how Jesus healed the sick. However, in his earthly ministry, Jesus did NOT heal every last soul in Galilee, Judea and the surrounding regions. In fact, on at least one occasion, Jesus left town BEFORE everyone had a chance to see him. What does that have to say about Jesus and his mission? That's what Jasmine focusses on in her reflection on Mark 1:29-39.
Because Jesus is indeed loving and compassionate we may be tempted to mistake him for a tame Messiah- one who stands in our corner, always taking our side. However, the truth that comes across so clearly in today's Gospel reading (Mark 1:21-28) is this: Jesus has come to confront and cast out the power of evil in this world. That includes the evil that exists in our communities and, indeed, within our very own hearts.
In today's sermon, Coralie will take a closer look at Mark 1:14-20, the story of how Peter and Andrew; James and John were called to be disciples of Jesus. Priests and pastors; missionaries, monks and nuns are NOT the only people with a special calling. ALL Christians have been called to some kind of ministry. What does it mean to be called by Jesus? What does it mean to truly be his disciple?