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Ash Wed – Passion prediction, who is the greatest
Rich young ruler
Mark 9:30-50 Commentary
by Elizabeth Shively
Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, when many of us choose to renounce a habit or a pleasure as a symbol of our devotion to God.
Perhaps we think about Jesus' exhortation after his first passion prediction, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me" (Mark 8:34). In the Gospel reading for today, the disciples have not thought about renunciation, but about reputation. Jesus' response to them helps us to take a closer look at our Lenten disciplines.
Second Passion Prediction (verses 30-32)
This story is part of an extended teaching on discipleship that runs from 8:27-10:45, in which Jesus repeats the passion prediction 3 times (8:31; 9:31; 10:32-34). The disciples express misunderstandings, and Jesus provides remedial teachings (8:32-37; 9:32-37; 10:35-45). Here, we take a look at the second passion prediction and its aftermath. After the first passion prediction, Jesus had taught his disciples not only that he would suffer, die, and rise, but also that they must imitate him by losing their lives in order to save them. After the second passion prediction, ...
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Narrative Lectionary 026: Ash Wednesday.
February 22, 2012
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's reading is Ash Wednesday - Passion prediction, who is the greatest: Mark 9:30-50.