MARK | PART 3: SERVANT OF A CHILD
A SERMON BY PASTOR CHICO MARTIN
Lections: James 3:16-4:6 ; Psalm 1; Mark 9:30-37
The weather this morning when I got up reminded me of the west coast of Ireland, which I visited once with my son, when he was seventeen. The walking trails crossed fields of grazing sheep and overlooked cliffs that fell straight down into crashing waves that foamed in the rocks below. The air was moist, the skies clouded. I had the sense of being on the edge of the unknown. The world I was familiar with was on the other side of a vast, mysterious ocean.
Evagrios of Pontus (345-399 AD) likened the thoughts of our mind to sheep God entrusts to our care. “As sheep to a good shepherd,” he said, “the lord has given to man intellections of this present world.” In a very down to earth manner, Evagrios draws our attention to a way we can be like Jesus, whatever our circumstances: as Jesus shepherds the people who are the sheep of his pasture, we are to look after our thoughts.[i] So let us consider what directions we might find in today’s prayers and scriptures for shepherding our thoughts. Continue reading