Abbey Way has been working our way through the Gospel of Mark in our current lectionary cycle. It has been good to camp in a book for a season, to give us time to listen deeply to what God is saying to us through the text. Jesus' first words in Mark's Gospel are: "The time is fullfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; Repent AND believe in the Good News." At Abbey Way we understand the repent AND believe as not just a one time event nor is it a cognitive understanding, but a whole way of life that continues to listen to God, noticing God's actions and then responding to them in faithful living.
Holding this framework forward as we study the text together has given us a foundation to interpret the text with integrity. It also challenges us to look more deeply at our lives in lieu of the story unfolding in the Gospel. An essential question for us is: Who IS Jesus? "Who do you say that I am?"
Each week I find myself challenged by the text's richness and its call for me to look at Jesus with wide open eyes. When I dare to look I see the God-Man, fully human, fully divine. By his presence He confronts my preconceptions and my presumptions of my world--which of course are not mine but His.