How to Use this Devotional

Each entry in this collection includes a passage from Mark’s gospel and a reflection on that passage written by one of the clergy of the Merion Deanery. Some of the entries also include a prayer that is pertinent to the theme of the reflection. At its heart, this devotional is intended to help readers do the work of self-examination. While there is no “right” way to use this resource, but you may want to try the following approach:

  • Begin by reading the gospel passage slowly and carefully, paying attention to those words that stand out to you. When you finish reading, pause for a few minutes and think about those words or phrases that touched your heart. Read the passage again, noting whether you experience the phrases you noticed before differently.
  • Read the reflection. Consider the ways the reflection changes your understanding of the gospel text.
  • Finally, take a moment to pray, either with the text or prompt provided, or with your own words. Think about what God is calling you to do in response to this passage from Mark’s gospel. How does it change your perspective on the world?

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This is the official website of the Merion Deanery, a group of 13 Episcopal churches and communities located just outside of Philadelphia.

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