Reflections on the lectionary readings by pastors, preachers, and biblical scholars
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Each Monday we publish Sunday's Coming, an email-only post on the upcoming readings, written by our current Living by the Word columnist.
Mark 6:30–34, 53–56
Mark writes, “many were coming and going, and they had no leisure, even to eat.” I read this observation with uneasy laughter, thinking of many lunches spent at my computer with a sandwich.
I like Mark’s frequent mention of how people felt. In this week’s text, Herod is greatly perplexed about John the Baptist.
The consistent witness of the New Testament is that Jesus is rejected by his own people. As he prepares to send the Twelve, his experience of failure seems to color his instructions to his disciples.
In this week’s Gospel, two people in great distress interrupt and rearrange Jesus’ day. Yet in Jesus we see no flash of anger over what will have to be put off for another day, no hand-wringing over best-laid plans gone astray.
If we read the story of the storm at sea with the earlier parables in mind, we begin to see connections. It too is a parable of reversal.
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