Lent Devotion, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

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I find it helpful, fun, and illuminating to read Scripture intertextually; that is, to be alert for connections between different books of the Bible. Reflecting on these connections draws me more deeply into the mystery of God.

The first word of Mark’s Gospel is one such connection. Mark wrote in Greek, and his first word is arche, which means “beginning.” In English translation, the first sentence of the Gospel is “The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”

Arche brings to mind the opening words of Genesis: “In the beginning. . . .” And then follows the story of God’s act of creation.

By imitating the opening of Genesis, Mark is telling us that God’s creative power is at work in Jesus.

The story of Jesus is not only good news for people, but for everything that belongs to God who is “maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.” (Nicene Creed)

Almighty God, your creative power surges through us, around us, and beyond us. You make the blood that flows through our veins, the grass that grows outside our windows, the fish that swim in the deepest seas, and the stars that light the vastness of space. Our vision is limited and sees only a small part of all that is yours. We bow in humble gratitude for all that you have made, giving thanks that in your Son and through your Spirit, you continue to make all things new. Amen.

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