Jesus: the Author of Authority
What I love about Mark’s gospel is the immediacy of it. Right up front at the beginning, in today’s gospel reading Jesus steps onto the stage and Mark makes is abundantly clear exactly who Jesus is and what he is about.
And what he is about, is almost completely cut off from the popular imagination and image of Jesus. The popular Jesus is a mish mash of sentimental and wrong headed notions about him. He is the gentle Jesus meek and mild who goes out into the wilderness to find the poor little lambkin and bring him home with a warm