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Death of John the Baptist
Mark 6:1-29 Commentary
by Raquel S. Lettsome
Jesus messes things up.
He disrupts people’s perspectives of who they are and who they can be. And this is not always welcome news. It is not euangellion (“good news”) to everyone. For some, this gospel, packaged in the person and performance of Jesus Christ, does not herald their victory but their defeat. It defeats their notions of who they are and who they can be.
In Mark 6:1-6a, we find Jesus attempting to minister in his hometown. However his teaching is met with astonishment that quickly turns to offense. They cannot get past the fact that they know him and they know from where and from whom he has come. It seems that the people are offended by Jesus breaking the mold of their preconceived notions of who they are and who they can be. According to them, the identity of Jesus can be summed up with his occupation, parentage, and sibling connections. There is no room to receive anything from him beyond that. Consequently, their offense stems from a "crabs in a barrel" mentality: they do not ...
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January 31, 2016
This podcast discusses Mark 6:1-29, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Jan. 31, 2016.