July 19, 2020, Mark 6:1-6 – Post 2 – ISSL Reflections

How did it go? It would be great if we could get together and talk over our experiences of “entering the narrative.” As we listened to one another about how it unfolded we could share our experiences whatever they might have been.

As you feel free, email about it or post comments on the blog page,

Let’s go back to the passage for the moment.

As the folks in the room speak about Jesus, how loud are they? Is it “under their breath,” in a whisper or almost a whisper to one another? Or, is loud enough to be heard by many around so others pick up on their questions and intent?

What are their facial expressions? Do you see honest questioning in their mood? Or, is the gospel writer correct and they are offended by what Jesus is saying to them?

Why are they offended? What is bothering them about Jesus, his words, his presence, his reputation, his family even?

Notice the footnote in the NRSV reading. It suggests the reading of Mark 6:3 could be, “… and they stumbled …”

Notice how Eugene Peterson translates part of this in The Message:

But in the next breath they were cutting him down: “He’s just a carpenter—Mary’s boy. We’ve known him since he was a kid. We know his brothers, James, Justus, Jude, and Simon, and his sisters. Who does he think he is?” …. They tripped over what little they knew about him and fell, sprawling. And they never got any further. He couldn’t get over their stubbornness. He left and made a circuit of the other villages, teaching. Mark 6:3,6

Is Jesus still offending people today? What about him and his life and his words could cause us to stumble today?

Any thoughts?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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