Thursday January 22 2015


A Season of Transition, a Season of Prayer — Please join us each day at 11:30 a.m. in offering a personal but collective prayer for our congregation. Today’s focus for prayer is: Our El Salvador World Vision teams, as they sponsor children and families and promote peace with a holistic approach.

Scripture: Mark 4:21-34
Key Verse: 23 “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”

Reflection: Jesus sometimes ends his parables saying, “He who has ears to hear, let him listen.” The problem was the disciples had a hard time hearing. The crowd did not always have ears to hear and we may have evolved only to hear the obvious.  Hearing the gospel is not simply about a human capacity. Having “ears to hear” is about possibility.

We are hard on the disciples for not being smarter, quicker or tuned into the message of Jesus.   They could not hear the message of the parables because it often took them out of their comfort zone. Our deafness continues to make us uncomfortable when we read parables.

I imagine the crowd, as they passed by Jesus, saying, “What a great story today!” or “I love the story about the seeds, since I am a farmer.”  I imagine those comments because I have said those words.  I am not always listening deep enough.  My ears hear the obvious.  The good news in this passage, for me, is that Jesus opens deaf ears so that good news could be heard. It is something we do not have the capacity to do on our own.    May we have ears to hear and may we pay attention as Jesus continues to disturb, comfort, challenge, invite and remind.

Prayer: Prompt me to listen, O God of parables and good news, and surprise me with your Word. I pray in the name of the one who continues to invite me to have ears to hear. Amen.

Author:  Michelle Thomas-Bush

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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