PALM SUNDAY of the PASSION of the
By the time the gospel accounts came to be written,
it was more than 35 years after the death of Jesus. The Gospel
of Mark is now very widely held to have been the first of the
four gospels, written in about the year 70 CE. One of the reasons
for the writing of the gospels was the fact that those who had
walked and talked with Jesus were becoming old and dying. There
was a sense of capturing the story before the last eye witnesses
were gone. This is very evident in the Passion narrative from
the gospel of Mark. One can almost hear an elderly voice dictating
the events: ‘then this happened …; then he said …;
then we all thought …’ Like so much of this particular
gospel, there is very little embellishment. It’s like an
old time detective show, ‘Just give us the facts!’
The gospel of Mark presents the story of the Passion as a sequence
of events with little commentary or theological reflection. (That
is partly why it lends itself so well to being read by several
One of the best examples that the gospel is a straightforward
recollection of events is the inclusion of the scene in Gethsemane
when the young man ran away naked. No storyteller would create
such a bizarre, unexplained event. There is no explanation of
who the young man is, why he was wearing only a loincloth, nor
why the armed men tried to seize hold of him. It is reported in
exactly the same style as the rest of the story – very matter-of-fact.
The presence of the young man – both in Gethsemane and in
the gospel – has puzzled scholars for many years, yet if
nothing else, it provides evidence of the way in which this Passion
narrative was transmitted from lived experience, to memory, to
oral account, to written gospel.
© Fr Michael Tate
©Creative Ministry Resources
2015 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING SUNDAY
19th JULY at 11am in SFX Hall.
the people of St Francis Xavier - St Clare parish, seek to live
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Next meeting: 9 April 2015
READINGS THIS WEEK
Despite rejection, Isaiah does not abandon his call.
Jesus made himself lowly and was exalted.
Mk 14:1 – 15:47