By: Major Joanne Holz, Director, School for Leadership Development
Mark may have been brief, crisp, and quick-paced as he wrote this Gospel but if we are to gain the benefit of the truths contained in this sacred writing, we can’t walk through it that way. Consider the brief, almost parenthetical note regarding John the Baptist: “Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee…..” WHOA!!! Slow down. John, the forerunner, way-maker, predecessor of the Son of Man, after all of his teaching and investment in his followers, finds himself thrown into jail! Let’s talk the human language of UNFAIR!!! What were they thinking??? What stirred his opponents’ hornets’ nests!!!??? Mark doesn’t seem to feel the need to explain. In a common phrase of our day “it is what it is.” So Mark moves on.