In our reading for today, we continue to learn about the early days of Jesus’ ministry. Our passage contains wonderful snippets about Jesus healing Simon’s mother-in-law, Jesus (again) silencing the demons who wanted to prattle on about Jesus’ identity and Jesus seeking out a place to pray when he needed respite from the crowds and the bustling activity.
We’ll spend some time exploring what’s come to be known as the Messianic Secret. We’ll see that Jesus consistently tells not only unclean spirits, but also people, including his disciples, not to tell anyone what they’ve seen or heard in their encounters with Jesus. Why on earth would Jesus do this? How did this play a part in the unfolding of Jesus’ identity? How did it help or hinder him in “keeping on” toward his mission?
Scripture passage: Mark 1:29-39
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