- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Today’s Scripture—Mark 16
Mark 16 is divided into two sections, 1-8(resurrection narrative), and 9-20(appendix).
The resurrection (1-8) —- Three women were the first witness of Jesus’ resurrection. “The first day of the week,” (2) means the day after Sabbath. Sunday worship today commemorates the resurrection of Jesus.
“Young man” (5) was an angel, a messenger of God. “He has risen. He is not here,” (6) indicated empty tomb, witnessing bodily resurrection of Jesus. “Go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee(7)” is the promise of forgiveness for disciples’ failure, renewal call and a fresh start with empowerment by the risen Jesus. All the events in the resurrection of Jesus was God’s doing.
Appendix (9-20) —- This section is known “long ending “of Mark. Some biblical scholars classify this section not a part of the original text of Mark, but added later to conclude what otherwise seems like an abrupt ending, because there appears disconnection in story between 1-8 and 9-12. So it is called appendix, echoing of the appearance of risen Jesus to Mary Magdalene (John 20:14-18), to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:14-18), to the assembled disciples (Luke 24:36-38), to the commission of universal mission (Matthew 28:18), to signs that accompany the apostle’s preaching throughout the book of Acts.
This section is a call to faith and to mission. By the act of obedience to the command, faith is born and in the course of the mission faith is confirmed (15-16). Signs for the believer (17-18), if taken literally, can lead to misled sect or other forms of religious enthusiasm that occasionally cause death and often Christianity into disrepute. However, these verses, taken seriously, promise that those who give themselves to costly, self-denying announcement of the gospel in the world will find their faithfulness confirmed in tangible ways.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- You have finished reading Mark by today. Give thanks to God and reflect on your experience.
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?”
- Reflect on,” If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. “(1 Corinthians 15:17).
- How do you witness “Jesus is alive,” today?
- Pray God that the God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth for you.