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Gospel centred sermons, based on the lectionary often in advance.

Jan 30, 2018

Your Famous blogger

Mark 1:29-39

I am an extremely famous person. Those of you in Australia you may know Clinton Shifskofski. He’s a footy player who has represented his state in both League and Rugby. He grew up in Moranbah and was at the High School when I was a teacher there. I’m pretty sure that I once taught him for an English elective, for six weeks. I’m sure that it’s as a result of my brilliant teaching that he has been so successful in his football career. From now on I expect extra respect from everyone who meets me and reads or listens to this blog and podcast….

                I am of course speaking utter nonsense, but it sometimes seems that the people around sportsmen, politicians and celebrities believe that the reason these VIPs exist is to make those around them look good. Some of the “hangers on” are only there to get what they can for themselves. Sometimes we treat God in Jesus Christ like that. Our relationship with him often seems to be all about us. Peter and the other disciples often acted like that.

Today’s Gospel reading is an example of that. Peter’s mother-in-law on the other hand has the right idea. As a result of God coming near her in Jesus, she realised that the appropriate response is to serve God and our neighbour.

Questions for thought and discussion.

What is your response to Jesus? Is it the response of Peter? Do you want a tame miracle worker? Or is it the response of Peter’s Mother in Law? Is it to show your thanks serving Jesus and others? What will you do to serve Jesus and your neighbours this week?