Learning about the gospels in depth is really neat because although I have been raised in a church and these stories are familiar, we don’t always analyze each of the stories in so much detail and take into consideration who wrote it and during what time period. The diagram on page 103 of the reading is cool because it displays that Matthew and Luke have many of the same elements potentially drawn from Mark and this unknown “Q” source, but they also contain unique stories not found in the others. This shows that oral traditions may have been more important in one time period compared to another.
I think that the Messianic Secret is a confusing subject. The explanation that makes the most sense in my opinion is that “it was as if the message of God’s kingdom simply could not be silenced.” (103) If this is why the stories were written this way, Mark’s gospel greatly shows people’s desires to spread the good news and tell of the miracles. The phenomenon displays how despite Jesus’s demand for people not to tell others who he was, they were overcome with so much joy that they couldn’t keep it to themselves.
And poor Peter; how crushed would you be if you were a religious insider whose ancestors had waited for the Messiah, and then he finally comes and tells you he must suffer and die. I would be confused beyond belief.
I am a religious insider, but I do see good moral lessons embedded in the religious text for those that read only from an outsiders perspective. I particularly like the parable of the sower and how it compares different “soils”. I think many religions around the world share the same morals, but they use different stories, parables, and metaphors to get them across to their followers.
In the reading it mentioned that Jesus allowed women to be an active part of his ministry, so why do Catholic churches not allow women to be priests? Don’t many Christian insiders make decisions based on WWJD (What Would Jesus Do), and wouldn’t Jesus allow women to spread the good news as he did in the past and wouldn’t he have allowed women to lead a church? That just caught my eye.