Pondering for Saturday, March 14, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Saturday after the Second Sunday in Lent: Year 2

Psalm 75, 76; Psalm 23, 27 Gen. 43:16-34; 1 Cor. 7:10-24; Mark 5:1-20

“They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the legion; and they were afraid.” (Mark 5:15)

Why were they afraid?  They should have rejoiced because the man was healed.  We don’t have the man’s name.  He is one of our Bible’s mysteries who, while important in the message of healing, was not considered worthy to have his name recorded. Strangely, we do have the demons collective name; “Legion” but not the host of Legion.  Our Lord Jesus gives the man back to himself. Thank you Lord Jesus.

I have been informed that due to the spread of the Coronavirus or COVID 19 our Church services have been suspended until perhaps Psalm Sunday!  We don’t know all the names of the people that this will impact but have at least two names of the virus. The sadness is, that like the man cleansed by Jesus, people only want to talk about who gets the virus, and not so much about who heals from the virus.  Fortunately, now we have some famous people (Tom Hanks and others) who have contracted the virus and we will undoubtedly keep up with them.  Jesus is still cleanses us and we will celebrate all healings.

Jesus performed this miracle outside of Israel, in country of the Gerasenes.  Then, as our Lord Jesus was leaving, “As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. But Jesus refused, and said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.’ And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.” (Mark 5: 18 – 20)

The Coronavirus started outside the U.S. but migrated globally.  We must realize that the problems of one people are the problems of all people. We can’t just leave or turn off the news and hope it goes away when we fear what’s happening. We must confront whatever it is and see what the Lord is doing in our midst and be thankful.  Thank You Lord Jesus.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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