In today's Scripture, we see Jesus transformed, his holiness exposed through light and likeness to revered prophets of old. He stands on a mountaintop, where so many monumental events of Scripture occur. His clothes become a blinding, otherworldly white. Moses and Elijah, the ultimate character … [Read more...] about Exposed
Jesus, Man of Mystery
As Jesus' public ministry begins, he remains a somewhat mysterious figure. Like a good spy, magician, or stealthy detective, Jesus plays things close to the vest and reveals things only when he is ready. Through four weeks of Gospel readings, we see Jesus begin to reveal himself more and more, while at the same time insisting on keeping his identity a secret. As we explore Jesus' mysterious identity, we may discover more about ourselves and a purpose that causes us to live with a sense of urgency.
Earlier in this first chapter of Mark, God already let the secret out that Jesus is God's own Son, but we get the sense from today's Scripture reading that there is a lot more to discover about Jesus. The first miracle recorded in the Gospel of Mark is not a run-of-the-mill miracle like turning … [Read more...] about Extra! Extra!
Today's Scripture from the Gospel of Mark clearly marks the beginning, the jumping-off point of the good news of Jesus' ministry. This is also the only clarity that we will readily receive, because Mark is known for his secrets. … [Read more...] about The Reveal
If the First Sunday of Advent was the trailer, today is the setup. The scene is set, and we are meeting the first of our characters. We find John the Baptist in the wilderness. The work is already in progress. John is baptizing, receiving confession, and preaching of “one stronger than I.” While it … [Read more...] about Baptismal Limitations