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The Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson

Ellen Richardson: The Man with the Withered Hand

Mark 3:1-6

2nd Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

June 03, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson (TEC)


What is it like to experience a story of healing? When does healing happen and how do we recognize it? Does healing require a recognizable change in the body to count, or is it really about something else?

The healing of the man with the withered hand in today's gospel from Mark is one that happens so quickly that it is almost lost in the greater drama that surrounds it. The scene is a synagogue, a place of teaching and worship. The attention-grabbing characters - the law-loving Pharisees and the power-craving Herodians - have been trailing Jesus and his disciples, a chorus of judges waiting for Jesus to make a mistake that they would be most happy to hold against him. These strange bedfellows - usually political opponents - found it expedient to work together when it came to undermining the authority and credibility of the one they both perceived as a threat: the One called the Messiah.

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The Rev. John Gunn

Living as a Hermit

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

The prophet Isaiah tells us of a man who bought up the land surrounding his farm, joining house to house and adding field to field, thus pushing back his neighbors until he stood alone. "What a pitiable spectacle this man presents", comments The Rev. John R. Gunn, "through selfishness and greed the grasping man makes a hermit of himself and nothing is more unnatural than living as a hermit."


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As the time of His crucifixion drew near, Christ said, "The hour cometh when you will leave me alone." This episode of Be Still and Know talks about the hour of Christ's great passion; the hour of Gethsemane. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes that "it makes Jesus seem nearer to us to realize that He knew the experience and heartache of loneliness."