Sometimes less is more, especially with written documents. So it is with Mark’s gospel. Understood to be the first gospel to be written, it is a vivid, tangible account: short, immediate and accessible – more like a film script than a biography. There is no scene setting or preamble, and little in the way of reflection or discourse – but lots of action, miracles and crowd scenes.
The book opens with the account of Jesus’ baptism, where a voice from heaven says “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” In one brief sentence, God confirms to Jesus his identity, love and approval – three essential things that everybody seems to be searching for these days! And Jesus’ life makes clear that his followers also can share that sense of identity as God’s children, the knowledge of God’s unconditional love, and can enjoy his approval. What else does anyone need?
This Sunday, 1 August, our alphabetic tour through the bible brings us to the gospel of Mark. Starting 10:30. 58 High St, Auchterarder, and via Zoom. For an invitation, please click the Message button, or email email@example.com.