Mark 3:1-6, healing, hate and departure

... he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand (Mark 3:1) And Jesus healed him.  And those around him conspired with secular powers to destroy him. Grace; met with insult by those around him.  Hate and death. Jesus departed with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude …

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A welcome

I was encouraged on the weekend, to "welcome".  To think about how I was welcomed as a new Christian, and to welcome new Christians in the same way.  (This was the topic of the sermon at church.) "Welcome" connects directly into orthodox Christian theology.  We are welcomed into Jesus, and we welcome Jesus into us. …