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From Excitement to Astonishment

Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.  I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.”

—Mark 11:22

Mark 11 opens with The Triumphal Entry of our King. Mark paints the picture so beautifully! Soon, however, the excitement turns to astonishment as Jesus firmly:

– Curses hypocrisy (verses 12-14)
– Curses fruitfulness (verses 12-13)
– Curses the temple (verses 17).

As I hold my breath and see Jesus coming out of the city, probably still agitated(?) by the matter happened earlier at the temple, I am hopeful to I notice notice His loving patience toward the disciples’ doubt. His replay to Peter about the dried tree contrasts with His judgement on the temple and tells us about His heart. Those who were only putting the show(verse 17) were condemned. But those who sincerely walked with Him, despite the weakness of their faith (verse 21), received patient instruction on believing, praying and forgiving.

Jesus challenges us to believe but He is patient toward the tragedy of our doubts. the key is in the humility of the heart. He doesn’t want as to look well, He wants to make us well. And what shows more humility than prayer?

When we pray, we are screaming out loud “Jesus, I need you, I need your time, your attention, your lordship“.

The heart that pleases God, lives at His feet in awe of His power to make the weak be strong, not the one that adorns itself and portraits the impression of piety. He ultimately destroyed the temple and choose to reside in you and I.

May our hearts be a house of prayer for His delight.

—Mauricio Toro

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