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Lent 2011


Day 39

By Lois R. Travillon, president, North Central Jurisdiction

They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, "See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles; they will mock him, and spit upon him, and flog him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise again."

—Mark 10:32-34

In Mark 10:32-34, Jesus predicted his betrayal, death and resurrection. We see Jesus’ mission. Although the disciples were both astonished and afraid, they chose to follow Jesus. Jesus led his disciples to an abundant and eternal life—where he leads all who desire to follow him as Savior and Lord.

Just as Jesus’ earthly ministry had a focus, United Methodist Women has a focus: mission. United Methodist Women members work to encourage forgiveness, restorative justice and reconciliation. And just as Jesus was focused on people, United Methodist Women members are focused on women, children and youth. As Jesus had followers, United Methodist Women has followers all over the world. As we reflect faith, hope and love in action with women, children and youth across the globe, the Holy Spirit works to make us good stewards and transform the lives we are blessed to serve.

Jesus walked before his flock. In giving his life on the cross, then rising from death, Jesus went where we could not go and did what we could not do so that we might receive what only he can give! Thanks and praise be to God!


Dear God, thank you for your unconditional love. Thank you, Lord, for sending your son, Jesus the Christ, to save us. Grant us the grace to love each other as you love us. Amen.

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