Wednesday of week 8

1 Peter 1:18-25; Psalm 147:12-15,19-20; Mark 10:32-45

Marks' account of the good news is a dynamic take, full of movement and drama, and of all the gospels is possibly the easiest to read in an evening. Indeed, it is a good thing to do, once in a while, to take the entire message in one go and then reflect upon it.

However, in each Mass we can obviously only hear one small fragment of the good news - but you can spot the general frame of Mark in todays. The apostles and Jesus are travelling - and not just anywhere, they are now going up to Jerusalem. The time has come for the Lord to be glorified - but the apostles are not quite in tune with what that means! Jesus tells them he will be mocked, scourged and Mal-treated, not made into the messianic king as they perhaps are expecting! And yet, immediately, they start contesting amongst themselves to be sat as His princes in the heavenly kingdom!

Is the message for us that we need to be focused on what we must be doing here, today in God's world, and less on what we hope to be in the future, enfolded in the glory of God in heaven? Soon, Jesus re-inforces this message by washing our dirty, grimy feet - and implores us to do the same for each other.

Posted in Daily Reflection.