Tuesday 5 March 2019

About Today Readings

Ecclesiasticus 35:1-12. Psalm 49(50):5-8, 14, 23. Mark 10:28-31

To the upright I will show the saving power of God – Psalm 49(50):5-8, 14, 23. 

‘The last will be first.’

The gospel seems to go beyond the ordinary and proclaim the reality of the resurrection in each person’s life. Jesus has just staggered his followers by saying how difficult it is for the rich to gain eternal life. Peter asks the obvious question that all disciples want to ask at some point: ‘Why am I following Jesus?’

The disciples are getting nervous about following Jesus, and the words Jesus utters are not what they expect of the Messiah. This occurs continually throughout Mark’s gospel. The reader, like the first disciples, is continually surprised by the replies Jesus gives. They seem raw, and passages of comfort are tempered by paradox: ‘The first will be last and the last first.’ Apparent poverty can lead to great gains.

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