The lectionary cuts up the story in Mark 6:30-34, 53-56, resting on the image of Jesus as a super shepherd. But Jesus isn’t offering comfort only.


Jesus is not Superman

Mark’s gospel and its conviction to follow, not worship.
Proper 11B | Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

We gathered in an antiphonal circle in the chapel to read the first part of the York Cycle, “The Creation and the Fall of Lucifer”. It’s a beautiful story of a moment mid-creation—before there is truly night and day, before animals and people roam the earth.

There was God and this budding creation. There were angels. And one among them was chosen to shine the brightest.

It’s a story of arrogance and vanity—and how these betray the spirit of creation. Characteristics embodied in this angel of light who falls and is forever cast out into darkness.

Steve Stofferahn, chair of the history department over at Indiana State, brought a summer class over on Friday. They were learning about medieval drama and he wanted them to sit in that space and take in the vibe as we took different parts. And we read two pieces hundreds of years old.

In the first one, I tried hard not to have to play God. But funny enough; no one actually wanted the part! So I had to make it work.

After dispensing with Lucifer so that God could get a handle on finishing creation, newly inspired by the darkness in the this would-be devil. Dark and light, good and evil, the frailty of ego would be humanity’s curse.

Between this and a piece about Pilate from the Cornish Passion Play, Stofferahn offered us a reminder about the age in which these plays were written.

None of this is in the Bible. And even if it were, the people couldn’t read it.

 

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