The Call to Discipleship in The Gospel of Mark, Day 21
21 He said to them, ‘Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? 22For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. 23Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’ 24And he said to them, ‘Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. 25For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.’ Mark 4:21-25In this section of the Gospel, Mark is trying to get us to consider what we are listening too and what we are understanding. We are being invited to learn the Good News, to hear of the unfolding kingdom. We are invited to pay attention so that we can see and experience the God's presence. But to see and hear is not easy for us. We get distracted by the ordinariness of life. We are concerned with our health, our jobs, our family. We don't intend to leave God behind after worship on Sunday. But life has a way of interfering with our best of intentions. We heard our preacher share the word with us and then we walk out the door to coffee hour and can't remember what the sermon was about. We are thinking about the stories we are sharing of each others lives, but this moment pushes the word into its safe location in worship on Sunday. But we are invited to listen and pay attention. We are to let the light shine. Yet lets be honest there are many parts of ourselves that we keep hidden. There are secrets in our churches that we don't want shared. But by keeping things hidden and secret, by letting our history be forgotten, we can get trapped in a cycle that prevents us from moving forward and moving beyond this darkness. Jesus wants us to know that you can't bury this secret it will define you, so you have to bring it into the light to move forward.
How do we hear what Jesus is saying? How do we hear God's voice in the cacophony of competing words and noise? How do we allow the Holy Spirit to open up within us new revelation about God's word? To listen and hear is one of the most important spiritual disciplines. Do you have built into your life besides weekly worship a time to read the bible and listen for God's word? For some people this can be a practice of reading through the bible and spending time in silent prayer. For those of us who have trouble with the whole be still and know that I am God- begin a discipline of holy walks or runs. While walking empty your thoughts of the worries of the day. When the thoughts come focus on a word that will draw you back to God like Jesus. Ruah, Spirit, Love... Invite the spirit to share with you .. and then while walking listen. Amen.