A Return to the Gospel of Mark
Once we pass the feast of the Baptism of the Lord (January 13th), we turn to the Gospel of Mark for the daily readings. The Gospel of Mark is centered around a Jesus who moves quickly and boldly. In Monday’s Gospel (January 14th) Jesus makes quick work of choosing his disciples. Tuesday’s Gospel keeps up this pace. Jesus visits Capernaum. He enters the town, visits a synagogue, teaches, heals and drives out unclean spirits The people are amazed. This man seems to be one who has authority – real authority!
In this very first chapter of Mark, Jesus begins to heal all who were brought to him. A little later in this chapter we find one version of Jesus’ mission statement: “Let us go to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.” In the following chapters Mark recounts that Jesus did exactly that! He spent his time around the Sea of Galilee and in the surrounding hills and towns preaching his message – that God loves and forgives!
If Mark were to write our “life story” what would it say? Could our life’s work be summed up in a brief chapter? Mark records what Jesus said and did that made a difference in the lives of those around him. What would our “Marcan record” say?
Anneliese Sinnott, OP