Spreading the kingdom
In Mark 9:38-48, The apostles were anything but pleased when they witnessed an outsider casting out demons in the name of Jesus. They resented his intrusion, were jealous and felt threatened because he was doing their work and was not part of their group. He has no right to be using the name of the saviour. So John mad..
Cost of discipleship
In an age when many of us find it difficult to make ends meet, contemporary society bombards us with a set of values based on the need for material security. It judges our success by the size of our bank accounts, the extent of our possessions and the exclusiveness of the area we live. But the wisdom that comes from Go..
Faith and Trust
The blind Bartimaeus is an example of what our faith and trust in Jesus ought to be (Mark 10:46-52). He has firm confidence in the person of Jesus and is not put off by the abuse of the crowd, who regard him as nobody, telling him to keep quiet. Shouting and waving his hands in the air, he persists with the plea; ‘So..
Service to the kingdom
Society, at any age, can never get away from the problems posed by status and rank. It was no different in the time of Jesus. The old controversy about who was the greatest surfaces once again amongst the apostles in Mark 10:35-45. This time James and John are requesting favoured treatment from Jesus, it was no small h..
Condition for discipleship
The declaration of Jesus that he was the living bread which comes down from heaven and the source of eternal life, proved too much for some of his followers (John 6:60-69). They could not believe in such a claim and started drifting away. This was an intolerable language and they were no longer willing to walk with him..
God’s Love Manifested in Christ
In Mar 8:27-35, Jesus warned that unless we take up our cross and follow him, we are unworthy of his company. This is a reminder of something we would rather forget because nobody wants to suffer. We find off-putting and prefer to avoid the hard things of life. All of us are very much children of this world in the way ..
Marriage. How it ought to be.
When Jesus was being asked by the Pharisees; where he stood concerning marriage and divorce, he left them in no doubt about his position, emphasizing that marriage is a state created by God himself, a long life union between a man and a woman kept together by a pledge of love and loyalty made in the presence of God. It..
The disciples never cease to amaze us. At the very moment when Jesus is telling them about his coming passion and death, they are not even listening. They are so immersed in an argument, squabbling who is the greatest among them, that what he says does not even register with them. Somehow, we would really expect someth..