Last week we finished our series in Joshua and so this week we are returning to Mark, our gospel for this year. It is our usual practice to spend the seasons of Advent and Lent going through a gospel so that our preaching calendar is anchored in the person, work and teaching of the Lord Jesus. Lent, the period of 40 days leading up to Resurrection Sunday, has traditionally been observed by Christ-followers as a time of fasting as a reminder of Christ's suffering. While that practice is not common in our circles it reminds us that the way of Jesus has always been the path of self-denial and a willingness to endure suffering patiently for His sake. Our passage this week, Mark 6:14-52, highlights the nature of discipleship as being a continual emptying of ourselves and allowing Jesus to work through us. It leaves us to ponder the extent to which we are willing to trust Jesus to be enough when we have nothing to give. May he meet us in our need as we come to worship this Sunday.