Desert Reflections: Digesting a “Markan Sandwich”

Fr Peter points out that Mark employs his favorite “sandwich” construction in today’s gospel, taking three separate stories and combining them into one without much regard to geography or chronology, to emphasize the point that God invites all into his kingdom. Even if we are rejected by everyone else, we are part of Jesus’ family if we do God’s will.

Today’s Readings

After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree, the LORD God called to the man and asked him, “Where are you?”
GN 3:9-15

We know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent, should be destroyed, we have a building from God, a dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven.
2 COR 4:13—5:1

“Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
MK 3:20-35

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