Blind Disciples: A Sermon for Proper 25, Year B

 

Over the last months, as we’ve been hearing from the Gospel of Mark, I’ve pointed out the importance of geography. Jesus began his public ministry in and around the town of Capernaum, near the Sea of Galilee. Most of the action in the first half of the gospel takes place in that general region. Jesus did cross the Sea of Galilee a couple of times. Then we saw him travel east, to the Mediterannean coast city of Tyre, and north, to Caesarea Philippi. More recently, Jesus has been traveling toward Jerusalem. I pointed out that there’s a major section of the gospel, roughly chapters 8-10, where Jesus predicts his crucifixion and resurrection three times. In each case, the disciples do or say something that makes clear they have no idea what Jesus is talking about, and then Jesus follows up with a teaching about what it means to be his disciple. Continue reading