Saint Luke’s Sunday Readings Discussion Group

 

To participate in St. Luke’s weekly lectionary Bible discussion, please follow these simple steps:

1. Read this Sunday’s Liturgy Readings. Readings may be found below by clicking on the blue lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu link under each Sunday’s liturgical description.

2. Select a meaningful word, phrase or verse from the Gospel reading.

3. Share, in one paragraph, the reason for your selection.

4. In a paragraph, explain how you will apply the selection to your life.

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  1. I’m choosing the word “repent” from Mark 1:15: “repent, and believe in the good news.” When we hear the word “repent” we often, out of habit, instantly assume this means getting down on our knees and asking God to forgive our sins. But I think this actually waters down what “repent” really means. Repent is our translation from the Greek word metanoeite, which means changing one’s mind or inner thought process. Jesus is challenging us to consider ourselves and the world around us in a new way. I think this includes turning from personal sin. But it’s much much more than this: metanoeite is as much about (if not more about) turning toward something good than turning from something bad. It’s wanting different things, it’s changing habits and mindsets. Approached this way, acknowledging sin is a necessary, but only one, part of a bigger project of becoming a flourishing human being created in the image of God.

    I always am in need of repentance. But I’d like to also examine my inner thoughts and desires and ask God not only for forgiveness, but that his Spirit help me seek after Him, desire Him, want what is truly good, and think thoughts that honor the Kingdom of which I am a citizen.

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      • I selected the same phrase! I enjoy your comment and appreciate your reminder of “repent”, in your personal application and the Greek origin. Tell Barb I said HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! I hope your current endeavor gives you the desired result.

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  2. 1. My phrase: “And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness”

    2. Reflection: Within the first few verses of Mark, we’re informed that Jesus’s ministry is going to be not only different, but highly symbolic. Unlike David, who, shortly after he’s anointed king, gets to kill Goliath (a military enemy), Jesus is sent to the wilderness to be tempted by the world’s true enemy: Satan. Crossing back over the Jordan, Jesus is reliving Israel’s exodus in reverse and evokes Moses, Elijah and others whose wilderness experiences advanced major parts of Israel’s story and identity. Jesus will emerge out of the wilderness knowing he must be for Israel what Israel failed to be for the world: God’s true and faithful representative (which, we eventually discover, can only be something God himself must do … in human form).

    3. Application: During Lent, it seems crucial to reflect on Jesus’s own preparations for his ministry. How are we being tested and prepared? What weaknesses do we need to address and for which we need God’s strength and support. Jesus found the perfect balance between seeking God’s help and knowing what He himself was capable of. We must follow him on that journey, the destination of which is to reflect His glory to the world as we seek to lose our life by finding it in Him.

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