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Today's Daily Bread

Daily Bread

Sat. Apr 25, 2015 : 1 Peter 5:5b-14; Mark 16:15-20

The chosen one ... sends you greeting, as does Mark, my son. Tradition says Mark wrote his Gospel as he heard it from Peter. The account is as unvarnished as it is urgent, jumping from “immediately” to “immediately,” like a stone skipping across a river. He is impatient with the apostles’ obtuseness; he has no time for long discourses; he refuses to tone down Jesus’ hand-to-hand combat with the devil. The Gospel reading today is not by Mark at all, but a sort of copy-and-paste from a later editor to round off Mark’s account. Some scholars speculate that the Gospel breaks off so abruptly because Mark was snatched up by that “roaring lion” Peter warns about. What moves me to write “my” Gospel? Make me run to you, O Lord, never to count the cost.