Andrew Careaga‘s posts on his experiences with lectio divina have continued to challenge me. I’ve been trying to slooowly read Mark from start to finish, but Andrew’s not afraid to jump around according to, well, whatever. So earlier this week, I skipped towards the end of Mark, and found Mark 10:32-34. Jesus says he’s going to be sentenced to death by the religious leaders, and killed by the political leaders.
Religion and politics. There’s all this hubbub about church & state, which influences which. Influence is power. So it’s about power.
And here Jesus sets an odd example: he gives up power. It wasn’t good enough that he’s the freakin’ creator who empties himself and becomes a helpless creature. As he walks into Jerusalem, he walks away from both religious power and political power. And finally, the cross is the ultimate abandonment of power.
Jesus became weak and powerless, and in so doing, altered reality.
++ Show me your ways, O Lord. Teach me your paths. ++