"St. Catherine of Siena Prayer" Illustration by Monica Welch

Today: Psalms 27:1-6; Mark 9:33-50; Mark 10:1-12; Leviticus 1, 2, &3

Psalm 27

What does it mean to seek God? HOW do you seek God? David describes three ways in Psalms 27:

  1. DWELL in the house of the LORD all the days of my lifeTo spend time in God’s presence, spend time talking with Him, reading His letters to us (the Bible), every day
  2. To BEHOLD the beauty of the LORDTo recognize how amazing and wonderful God is. To focus on His love and forgiveness and to praise Him.
  3. To MEDITATE in His templeTo be still! To set aside time to be silent before God and contemplate His holiness.

When we make the effort to seek God, He rewards us by removing our fearfulness and filling us with peace and joy.

"Christ and the Apostles" painting by Georges Rouault

Mark 9

The disciples were planning. They believed that Jesus was going to conquer their Roman rulers and set up an earthly kingdom. The disciples thought they were on the ground floor of this exciting new empire and they were posturing for positions of power.

Of course, Jesus knew what they were arguing about before He asked them. He continued to gently nudge them toward the truth. The kingdom of heaven was not going to be an earthly kingdom at all. It was to be a spiritual kingdom that turned all earthly values upside down… a place where the first shall be last and the last shall be first, where the powerless and disregarded ones, such as children, would be cherished and protected.

The disciples not only argued with each other, they also argued with others outside their circle. They wanted all the prestige for themselves. They didn’t want anyone else to use Jesus’ name for glory. But Jesus was having none of that. Even the smallest acts in Jesus’ name will be rewarded.

Don’t worry about the glory! Instead seek Jesus. Be serious about your own walk with Him. When we focus on God and drawing nearer to Him, we have no time for bickering amongst ourselves or craving personal glory. All the glory goes to God!