With dramatic irony, today's scene in John’s Gospel highlights a very different kind of kingship. Jesus stands before the world testifying to the truth about God, and invites us into his reign, which is not of this world.
Scripture scholars suggest that this chapter of Mark reflects in part the chaotic times in which Mark’s community lived—perhaps in the midst of Roman persecution. Christians must have wondered if the end was near.
To take the risk of letting go in a society that promotes “conspicuous consumption”, is indeed an impossible task without God’s help. And yet there’s an element of the Kingdom that pushes us to consider just that.