Friday, June 4, 2010

Living Mark

Mark’s gospel orchestrates a series of events into a symphony. There are a multiplicity of tones, notes, and instruments playing together, with an improvisation on the composed score, yet a single rhythm and theme.

To hear and read the gospel of Mark is to enter a world. This story is one of conflict and drama, possession and dispossession, subversive reversals of perspective, intrigue, mystery, and strange riddles, with Jesus as its central protagonist. As we enter this story world, we hear and read of struggles over life and death, issues of God and Satan, activities of angels and demons. It is far from a simple or nice story, filled with easy answers or a basic list of rules to follow. Readers, in contrast, are challenged to participate in the story and to lose their lives for Jesus’ sake in order to save them. The story is presented as a drama to be performed―acted upon―and is out to persuade the imagination and through this to have an impact on the whole person. The world of self serving power, fame, and possession is shattered, and readers are invited to embrace another world that will lead them to life after death.


Living Spiritual Rhythms For Today