I loved the comments afterwards – everyone sharing what stood out to them, like the sense of urgency, the concrete event-orientation, the repeated clashes with the demonic, the ratcheting up of conflict with the authorities, and the very abrupt ending. Those things are all key to Mark’s strategy for bringing across the good news of Jesus, but we don’t tend to notice them if the only way we encounter the Bible is as brief excerpts served up when we come to church. If you ever want to have a relationship with Scripture that will make a difference in your life, you have to take in more than snippets.
We ate using placemats with a visual map of how the Gospel of Mark is organized; you can pick up an extra copy in the Great Hall. And since all of us using the parish Lenten guidebook will be reading Mark daily until the Triduum, I thought I’d comment quickly on what that map looks like. We can see three sections in the Gospel of Mark: the first part is in Galilee, the last part is in Jerusalem, and there’s a short entr’acte (if you will) set on the way between them.