Eyes to See
One of the ongoing themes in the book of Mark is captured in a single verse in this reading.
And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?” (Mark 8:21)
Several things were hard for the disciples to understand. One, who is Jesus, exactly? There was great interest and great mystery surrounding the person of Jesus. His healing brought people from everywhere to him. His teaching was different in that it had its own authority. He seemed to be saying he was the long awaited promised savior to a nation long oppressed. But he also didn’t fit the expectations that people had of the messiah. Who Jesus is, exactly, was a difficult to understand. That’s the first mystery. The second thing that was difficult to understand is who this gospel is for. The third thing that was difficult to understand is how this gospel received?