We will be reading from Mark’s Gospel from now to the beginning of lent. Today we begin with the first day of Our Lord’s public life. It is the story of what happened when he spoke in the synagogue at Capernaum.
Mark was the first one to write a Gospel, and this account actually reveals his purpose in writing. Luke and John made clear statements of their theme. Luke said he was writing to convince Theophilus of the truth of what he had heard about Jesus. John said he wrote to convince us that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, so hat we might have life through him.
We must surmise that Mark was hearing doubter say that since Jesus was executed as a criminal he could not be the Messiah. He countered that objection in two ways. First he filled eight chapters with stories of Jesus working miracles, fulfilling prophesies, and receiving tribute from people and demons. Then, he went on to demonstrate that it was precisely by his dying that Jesus showed us that he was the Messiah.