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.
Jesus wants marriage, the relationship of man and woman, to be part of his proclamation of the Kingdom. It is in that most human of institutions--in the nitty-gritty of daily life--that God is at work.