Mark 6:14-19, The World’s Feast

[July 12, 2015] Today’s text is curious. It sets us up with the questioning going on in the halls of power and then tells a story about John the Baptist. This story is the only passage in Mark’s gospel that does not focus directly on Jesus. In the lectionary it is accompanied by . . . → Read More: Mark 6:14-19, The World’s Feast

Mark 6:1-6a, Not Accepting Jesus’ Difference

[July 5, 2015] Today is the 5th Sunday after Trinity (or 6th after Pentecost, if that is how you count), and the text of the Gospel reading concludes the section of Mark about who is the family that Jesus gathers around him, his hearth and home among us. In the beginning of this . . . → Read More: Mark 6:1-6a, Not Accepting Jesus’ Difference

Mark 5:21-43, The Redeemer of Israel

[June 28, 2015] Today is the 4th Sunday after Trinity Sunday. We continue from where we left off, still in the same section of Mark’s gospel. As I pointed out in my last post, on Mark 4:35-41, after giving us a number of parables in 4:1-34, Mark gives us a series of stories . . . → Read More: Mark 5:21-43, The Redeemer of Israel

Mark 4:35-41, The Struggle of the Gospel

[June 21, 2015] Today we continue our journey that we began on Trinity Sunday with our profession of faith and baptism into the Triune Name along the pathway of discipleship, the Gospel according to Mark being our guide. Mark is the redactor of Peter’s retelling of the Gospel as he (Peter) wove together . . . → Read More: Mark 4:35-41, The Struggle of the Gospel

Mark 4:26-34, The Word Implanted Sprouts and Grows

Mark 4:26-34, The Word Implanted Sprouts and Grows

[June 14, 2015] This is the second Sunday to follow Trinity Sunday, the third since Pentecost. Last Sunday the gospel text introduced the family of Jesus, where he has made his true hearth and home. A line was drawn between them and those . . . → Read More: Mark 4:26-34, The Word Implanted Sprouts and Grows

Mark 3:20-35, Jesus’ Home among Us

[June 7, 2015] Last Sunday was Trinity Sunday on which we recall the faith into which we baptize and are baptized. The Sundays that follow, from now until the end of the church year, take us through one of the gospels—this year it is Mark’s—as the mirror which we reflect on the meaning . . . → Read More: Mark 3:20-35, Jesus’ Home among Us

Mark 16:1-8, Is This the Conclusion of Mark’s Gospel?

[April 5, 2015] It is Easter morning, both for us and the women in today’s Gospel text. The text ends: “And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” You will usually be told that these words end the Gospel according to Mark, and that what follows in verse 9 is a . . . → Read More: Mark 16:1-8, Is This the Conclusion of Mark’s Gospel?

Mark 8:31-38, To Follow Jesus to the Cross

[March 1, 2015] Today is the Second Sunday of Lent, the “Forty Days” of lengthening, originally referring to the length of the day, but now referring to our preparation for the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection from the dead. Last Sunday the lectionary text recalled us to the beginning of the Gospel . . . → Read More: Mark 8:31-38, To Follow Jesus to the Cross

Mark 9:2-8, The Transfiguration of Jesus

[February 15, 2015] The Season of the Passion comes to us early this year for Ash Wednesday is this week. As far as our Gospel meditations go, we jump then from Jesus’ début in Capernaum to his transfiguration on the mountain, which closes our seasonal meditations on the Epiphany (or manifestation) of Jesus. . . . → Read More: Mark 9:2-8, The Transfiguration of Jesus

Mark 1:29-39, Jesus’ Liberating Début

[February 8, 2015] The Gospel text continues from last week; the whole section from 1:16 to 1:39, told as if it takes place in a twenty-four hour span, comprising Jesus’ public début. 1:14-15, as we pointed out before, acts as a subject-line or topic-sentence for what follows. The calling of the fishermen takes . . . → Read More: Mark 1:29-39, Jesus’ Liberating Début