As we journey through the Witness of Mark, we want to encourage you to first begin with the Daily Reading that will take you through the entire book of Mark. Then, read the First 15 Scripture and Reflection to dive a little deeper into verses from the Daily Reading.
Today's daily reading is: Mark 4:21-25.
For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.
In the Luke 2:25-35 we are told the story of Mary and Joseph bringing the infant Jesus to the temple. As they enter the temple to dedicate Jesus and offer the required sacrifice, a man named Simeon is moved by the Spirit to be present there. When he beholds Jesus, he marvels. We are told that Simeon is righteous and devout. He is also advanced in years. But the Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would see Israel’s salvation before he died. Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God. This child was the Messiah.
Simeon says that Jesus will be “a light for revelation to the Gentiles.” He also says that he will be the glory of Israel. But when Simeon turns to Mary, Jesus’ mother, he tells her that Jesus will uplift some and bring about the fall of others in Israel, and that he will be opposed, and that because of Jesus “the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.”
In Mark 4:21-23, Jesus appears to pick up on these themes. Jesus brings light, revealing what is in the hearts of people, just as a lamp on a stand casts light on all the house. When Jesus says that hidden things will be disclosed and things concealed will be “out in the open,” he alludes to Jeremiah 16:17, in which God declares, “My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes.”
As Mark unfolds his story about Jesus, he shows that some receive the kingdom gladly while others actively oppose Jesus. Some are with Jesus, and some oppose Jesus. Because of him, the thoughts of many hearts are revealed.
That includes our hearts, too. Where do we stand with Jesus? What does his light reveal within our hearts? Are we with him, or do we oppose him? Do we trust him, or do we suspect him? What are we trying to conceal; what do we think we can keep hidden?
Make a declaration. Jesus can be trusted. Confess your sins. Let God heal you, restore you, and set you free from the shackles of your secret sins. In Christ, there is forgiveness, hope, love, and new life.
Turn from what is wrong. Walk in the light.
Jesus, I confess to you my sins, those things which I have attempted to conceal and tried to keep hidden. You have full knowledge of my faults, yet lovingly chose to die for me on the cross, to atone for sin, and to accomplish your salvation. Help me to trust you, to turn my sins over to you, and to walk in your light. Amen.
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