This Sunday in the Gospel account of
Mark we encounter Jesus’ first actions
in what would end up being the last
week of his earthly ministry. Jerusalem
is not a friendly place for Jesus.
Jerusalem represented the epicenter
of religious life for the Jews and already
throughout his ministry, Jesus has been
shown to be a threat to the status quo
religiosity of his day. The eager crowds
who surrounded him on the hills of
Galilee have been replaced by hostile
or indifferent masses among the city
streets of Jerusalem. In Mark 11:12 -25(26),
we are told three brief stories that hold
profound meaning for us as individual
believers and as the church. From these
stories we discover:
Foliage without fruitfulness is folly.
Money without ministry is mercenary
Faith (in God) without forgiveness is phony.
Join us this week as we continue our reading of the Gospel according to Mark 11:12-25(26).