Human ambition to power rather than service is another difficult issue Mark includes in his instruction under the heading, “Jesus’ Journey to Jerusalem.” James and John, two of the first four disciples chosen by Jesus, approach him with a request, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”
The headline for this Sunday’s catechesis could be “Christians and Wealth.” First Mark reminds his readers that just like the preceding teaching on marriage, what he is about to teach by this story is also difficult.
Turmoil in our world is nothing new, but it seems these days we’re swirling faster and faster into chaotic times. In Europe, Syrians are fleeing from life-threatening situations daily; in Israel, it’s more of the same: Palestinians and Jews attacking each other with the same result — everybody loses.
When he opened the barn doors, the lights came on and the music began to play. “It’s an electrician thing,” Larry Pfeffer said. Larry has been an electrician since 1969 when he began as an apprentice.
Farmers are special people; they know more about the seasons of a year with planting and harvesting than most people who believe that all food comes from the grocery store. With his family and wife, Ellen, Wayne Weber farmed 800 acres before turning over its operation to his children.