Lent Devotion, Monday, March 19, 2018

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At the time of Jesus’ arrest, the Gospel of Mark says that “a certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, but he left the linen cloth and rain off naked.” (Mark 14:51-52)

Some have speculated this young man is the author of the Gospel. We have no way of knowing for sure, but for the purpose of these devotions, let us assume it is so. Beginning with the next paragraph, and continuing through the remaining days of Lent, it is Mark who is speaking to us.

My name is Mark. You may have heard of me. I wrote a story of Jesus; in that story, I included a word about my greatest failure. You see, I ran away from Jesus.

Along with his other followers, I abandoned him. I was too frightened to stay. That moment of shame is a bitter memory. And yet the shame has been wiped away by Jesus’ gracious mercy. For although we left him, he did not leave us. But if we are to follow him now——if his way is to become our way–it is necessary to know his story, and the life he taught. So let me tell a bit of his story. By doing that, I hope to inspire you to follow his way.

Lord God, thank you for the gospel writer Mark. Through his words, we know that when we fall you will lift us. Amen.

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