Gospel of Mark Week: 7-Choosing the disciples

MARK 1:16-20 Why so many fishermen? It never occurred to me to think about that since everywhere Jesus went the place seemed to be crawling with them. In support of that observation, here is some interesting information about Galilee and fish. There were many fishermen in Galilee. Josephus, who, for a time, was governor of [Read More...]

Gospel of Mark Week: 6-Tempted in the wilderness

MARK 1:12-13 Jesus faces the same ordeal that Adam and Israel endured in the OT (CCC 538-540). He is thus tempted by Satan among the wild beasts, as the first Adam was tempted amid the beasts in paradise. He likewise retraces the steps of Israel, being led into the wilderness by the Spirit and tested [Read More...]

Gospel of Mark Week: 5-The Baptism of Jesus

MARK 1:9-11 I’m so used to reading these passages and accepting them as matter of fact when, of course, there is nothing matter of fact about them. The “simple” fact of Jesus’ baptism carries a wealth of information that affects us deeply, as we can see. This not only helps me understand the great power [Read More...]