March 7, 2018

Wednesday after the Third Sunday in Lent

Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for testimony against Jesus to put him to death; but they found none. For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony did not agree. Some stood up and gave false testimony against him, saying, ‘We heard him say, “I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.”’ But even on this point their testimony did not agree. Mark 14.55-59


They found none. They found nothing, not a word of testimony with which they could condemn Jesus. In this Gospel of Mark, be assured, Jesus is innocent of any heresy against the faith of his forebears. It is, however, rather remarkable, isn’t it? Countless times Jesus has transgressed laws of cleanliness and the observing of the Sabbath. Still these infractions are not among the ones with which Jesus is charged. And of those Jesus has healed or reconciled with their families or communities, with those oppressed and poor whom he has stood by, where are they? Not invited to testify, to be witnesses for the accused? Truth be told, they are out proclaiming the good news of the in-breaking of the reign of God. Such is the Gospel as told by Mark. These have been healed, these have been forgiven, these have known reconciliation. Once one has experienced the power and presence of God’s healing grace, they can do nothing else!

What testimony do we seek? Words meant to divide and bring death or do we seek the words that lead to life? Is not the testimony of Jesus, nothing less than the saving acts of a God who loves us?


Gracious God, help us to agree that Jesus is the way to our life and our salvation and let us work to bear witness to that truth in all we do. Amen.


The Rev. Barry J. Harte
the Church of Saint Asaph, Bala Cynwyd


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