Text: Luke 7:11-17
Wild flower at city gate
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As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out.
As the story begins, the dead young man, his widowed mother, and the funeral procession are going out of the town gate. Jesus and his entourage are approaching the gate. Why might the gate be important in the story?
Take a piece of paper and create a “gate.” Continue reading
Text: Mark 15:1-39 (40-47)
And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.
A Father's Grief
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Richard Swanson reminds us in Provoking the Gospel of Mark that in Jewish tradition the tearing of a garment is a ritual expression of mourning, and that the rending of the Temple curtain in Mark’s passion narrative might thus be understood as God’s expression of mourning. “Mourning,” writes Swanson, “is the ritual activity human beings engage in when they are reminded that their hopes and their love cannot turn back death.” Continue reading