Sunday, September 20, 2015
The disciples are slow-learners
The Sunday Gospel begins by Mark telling us that "Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee, but he did not want anyone to know about it. He was teaching his disciples..."
And what was he teaching them? "The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise. But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him."
How could they have understood what Jesus was telling them? They could understand the part perhaps where he would be handed over and killed, but certainly the idea that he will rise three days after his death was such a startling concept for them that they were not even able to ask a question.
Since they could not grasp this teaching, they continued with their own agenda; they were "discussing among themselves on the way who was greatest." When they reached Capernaum and are inside the house, Jesus asks them what they were arguing about on the way. They remain silent. So than Jesus tells them that "If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all."
Jesus has to teach by example. he is still trying to teach them when the night before he is handed over, he washes their feet. He has told them to learn of him who is meek and humble of heart. He says the same to us. Am I a slow-learner?