What a shift from Matthew to Mark! We shift from the lengthy, sometimes awkward story that wants us to be sure we get it that Jesus is the Messiah of whom the prophets speak. We shift to a fast story with a very low Christology. Jesus is the Son of Man. He goes around preaching and healing. And we are left with many questions and uncertainties at the end of the story. We are asked to BELIEVE despite the passion and death.
We’ve spent Epiphany in the first Chapter of Mark. He’s established Jesus as healer and preacher so much so that it is difficult to get beyond the questions and discussion of “what are the demons in your life?” ” How is it that Jesus can heal you?” “What does that mean for you?” These are valid and wonderful questions and have led to and through some very powerful meetings.
This next week we hear Mark’s story of the Transfiguration and then into Lent. My discipline: to post during Lent (and beyond).