Questions for going deeper with the Scriptures for Sunday, August 19th
"The killing of Jesus, however incidental to the tasks of governance for the Roman and Jewish authorities, masks the worst in human brutality. Regimes do this to people in the name of all kinds of claims to common good and, not least, to the furtherance of peace. People do this to people, when anger and fear conspire to suppress love and goodness. We all do it. Mark's is an 'in your face' account of the killing of love."
This week’s passage in our ongoing reading of Mark, is commonly read on Good Friday, as the passion narrative. Other texts habitually read with it are Isaiah 50:1-9 and Philippians 2:5-10. We reflect and celebrate the paradoxical horror of Good Friday because, as the world continues to turn upside down, Jesus is still at work transforming lives, transforming governments, and transforming societies. That’s the theological affirmation underneath this story of suffering, desertion and ultimately death and finally new life.