The Terror of Stillness

Sunday, April 2, 2017

A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC, April 2, 2017, the fifth Sunday in Lent.

Text: Mark 4:35-41


Jesus has a work ethic that would give even the most driven DC resident a run for her money.  In Mark’s Gospel, there’s no peaceful pause in the beginning to gaze at a baby or sing Kum ba yah.  In Mark, the story “hits the ground running” and Jesus is the one running the race.  He is busy.  Just in the day or two leading up to the incident we read about today, Jesus is loving people back to healing and wholeness, doing massive crowd control, hiking a mountain of discernment, training co-workers to do what he does, challenging the religious bureaucracy that would keep him from using his gifts in service to God, and preaching a monster sermon.  In addition, he is dealing with tricky family dynamics and painful tensions between his call and the needs of those closest to him.  And the crowds have go [...]