In Mark's view one can only understand the full identity of Jesus in the light of suffering and death: until Jesus fulfils his true destiny on the cross, his full identity remains hidden. Because of who he is, Mark insists, Jesus is destined to suffer. Is that also true of the people for whom Mark wrote? Is it true for believers in every succeeding generation? In Mark, the reader encounters a pastor patiently building up the faith of the community, helping people to see that the story of their own suffering, like the story of Jesus' suffering, is not some catastrophic mischance, devoid of meaning. Instead, it is a chronicle of salvation that was waiting to be told, one that rested within the prophecies of Jesus and the providence of God.
Fr. McBride employs here again the clarity, scholarship and awareness of present-day needs evident in his earlier books.
Denis McBride, CSsR, has lectured in New Testament Studies for many years at the Hawkstone Hall International Pastoral and Study Centre for priests and religious. His books include The Gospel of Luke: A Reflective Commentary and Emmaus: the Gracious Visit of God according to Luke (both Dominican Publications) and Impressions of Jesus (Redemptorist Publications).
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