The disciples go back for seconds (Mark 8:1-21)

Yesterday, we looked at a strange story that’s unique to Mark’s Gospel, about a healing that didn’t quite work the first time around (Mark 8:22-26). And we’re investigating the context of that story in Mark’s Gospel to help us work out what it’s all about. It’d be best to read yesterday’s post first if you’re just… Continue reading The disciples go back for seconds (Mark 8:1-21)

Peter ‘gets it.’ Or does he? (Mark 8:27-33 and 10:32-45)

This week we’ve looked at the strange two-stage healing in Mark 8:22-26, trying to work out what it’s all about. So far, we’ve looked at the chapters leading up to this story in which the disciples (and others) are blind to who Jesus is, despite all they have seen. This may explain the “blindness” element of the story.… Continue reading Peter ‘gets it.’ Or does he? (Mark 8:27-33 and 10:32-45)

A rental donkey and a visit to the optometrist (Mark 11:1-11, 8:22-26)

All week we’ve been looking at Mark’s Gospel (chapters 6-11) trying to make sense of the strange two-stage healing in Mark 8:22-26. We’ve seen some blind disciples finally “see” who Jesus is – yet not all that clearly. They’re still thinking in human terms. Jesus tries to tell them that he’s about servanthood, not the exercise… Continue reading A rental donkey and a visit to the optometrist (Mark 11:1-11, 8:22-26)