Exegesis of the Gospel: Mark 12:38–44 Once again we find Jesus criticizing the scribes, the experts in interpreting the Torah. They were an ancient version of a lawyer. Not all scribes were self-serving as the ones depicted in this passage. Jesus is not condemning all scribes—only the ones who fail to carry out their duties justly and with compassion.
Exegesis of the Gospel: Mk 10:46–52 In the Gospel of Mark the disciples do not grasp the true identity of Jesus. After having Jesus predict his passion three times and the disciples misunderstand what he is saying or why he is saying it, Mark closes that section of the Gospel with a story of a blind man who sees with the eyes of faith.
Exegesis of the Gospel: Mark 9:30-37 This week's Gospel consists of three passages all focusing on the topic of wealth and the kingdom of God. Traditionally, wealth was understood by Judaism as a sign of God’s blessing.
Exegesis of the Gospel: Mark 7:1–8, 14–15, 21–23 This Sunday's Gospel describes a controversy between Jesus and the Pharisees and scribes. The controversy focuses on the meaning and validity of religious tradition, referred to as “the tradition of the elders.”