In the midst of our Christmas celebrations, today's Gospel reminds of “the rest of the story,” which will culminate in the death and resurrection of Jesus, and the birth of the Church. Along with Mary and Joseph and all who follow him, we have begun the journey.
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.