Jesus touched him...Â Touched him!!Â I knew the guy was mad.Â You donâ€™t touch someone with leprosy!Â Jesus touched him â€“ and he was cured â€“ immediately.
Who is Jesus?Â Over the next weeks we will see how Mark answers that question.Â We will see that Mark believes Jesus to be Godâ€™s own Son, the Messiah, Godâ€™s chosen and anointed one. We will see: Jesus.
We need to love ourselves in the right way.Â We need Goldilocks love â€“ not too much love, not too little love, but just the right amount of love.
Martin Luther King said the question is not, â€˜If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?â€™ but, â€˜If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?â€™
Paulâ€™s describes deep, sacrificial love â€“ but how often churches are full of niceness rather than love, acquaintances rather than brothers and sisters, pretending rather than sharing.
Do we love God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind? What do we hold back?
The God of creation, whose glory is set in the heavens, is with us, is with you, here today.Â He promises he will never leave, that he will always be with us.
God’s anger is real and righteous. He should be angry with the world, with the suffering and injustice - and his anger is a source of hope to those who are at the sharp end of the world’s evil.
Feeling like God is angry with us, our own weakness, being afraid, and feeling like God is taking too long - all these can stop us coming to God in prayer. But they did not stop David.
In the middle of trouble, David can sleep peacefully, knowing and trusting that God will keep him safe. It doesnâ€™t mean nothing will go wrong, but that, deep down, he is secure in God.