Fr. Jefferson Bennit

Mark 1: 14 – Time and Place of Proclamation

Mark 1: 14 – Time and Place of Proclamation

  1. After John the Baptist had been delivered up:- The time of Jesus’ ministry is distinguished from that of John the Baptist. Jesus begins his ministry only “after John had been delivered up” (RSV: “arrested”). There is indeed more than a temporal sequence implied here. At the very outset the evangelist wants us to see the destiny of Jesus prefigured in that of John the Baptist. For just as John…

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Mark 1: 14-15 – Proclaiming Kingdom of God

Mark 1: 14-15 – Proclaiming Kingdom of God

Up to this point Mark has described what immediately precedes Jesus’ public ministry. Although the contents of Mark 1: 1-13 do not form part of Jesus’ ministry, they are part of the gospel as a prelude to Jesus’ ministry. In fact, the central figure of Mark’s prologue (Mk 1: 2-13) is Jesus himself. The prophetic quotations and the ministry of John the Baptist look beyond John the Baptist and…

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John 4: 1-42 - Samaritan Woman Evangelizes the Samaritans

John 4: 1-42 – Samaritan Woman Evangelizes the Samaritans

The woman left the jar and went to the village. These are two significant actions. The woman who came to draw water has now realized that this jar is useless for collecting the “living water” which alone can quench her thirst permanently. It is a sign of radical break with the past. She goes to the village shows how her fear, inhibitions, and complexes, which were blocking her relationship with…

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Mark 1: 12-13 – Temptation of Jesus

Mark 1: 12-13 – Temptation of Jesus

Jesus is marked out for ministry by his baptism. As Mark presents it, Jesus’ ministry will entail a struggle with the forces of evil opposed to God. This is symbolized by the trial in the wilderness (Mk 1: 12-13).

The Markan account of the temptations is very brief. Mark is content with stating the mere fact that Jesus was tempted by Satan. He presents Jesus’ struggle with Satan as a consequence…

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John 4: 1-42 - God is Spirit

Is God “Spirit”?

The expression is parallel to “God is light” (1 Jn 1: 5) and “God is love” (1 Jn 4: 8). All the three point to the dealings of God with human beings, through his salvific interventions. God is one who acts in the history. So God is Spirit towards human beings and God gives the Spirit (Jn 14: 16).

In her response, the woman refers to the messianic expectations of Samaritans. They did not use the…

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Mark 1: 9-11 – Baptism of Jesus

Mark 1: 9-11 – Baptism of Jesus

After the brief report of John the Baptist’s ministry, the evangelist introduces Jesus into the scene. Unlike Matthew and Luke, Mark does not describe Jesus’ birth ad infancy. He focuses his readers’ attention on the public ministry of Jesus and on what immediately precedes it. Mark presents only the adult Jesus “from Nazareth” and he quickly takes his readers to the action-filled ministry of…

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John 4: 1-42 - Worship in Spirit and in Truth

Do you worship in Spirit and in Truth?

The Samaritan woman takes the initiative and converses about “worship”. Her concern is centred on the “place” of worship: Mount Gerizim or Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the central worshipping place of Jews. Whereas, Samaritans considered “Gerizim” as the central worshipping place (Deut 12: 1-14; 27: 4-8). Both claimed that their place was authentic one for worship. But Jesus in his reply, takes her…

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Luke 1: 1-4 – Prologue

Luke 1: 1-4 – Prologue

Luke alone, among the evangelists, begins his gospel with a formal, literary prologue which is classical in style and is comparable to the classical literary prefaces of the Greek-Roman writers of his time. He relates his book to other contemporary works of literary importance. The elegance and perfection of the Greek composition of the prologue betrays Luke’s literary ability. It also shows that…

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Mark 1: 2-8 – John the Baptist

Mark 1: 2-8 – John the Baptist

To understand the role of John the Baptist in Mark’s gospel we need to remember the hope and aspirations of the people of Israel in the pre-Christian era. For more than three hundred years before the coming of Jesus there was no prophet in Israel. This situation is lamented in Psalm 74: 9 “there is no longer any prophet … among us …” (Cf. also Dan 3: 5). Yet, people maintained the hope that God…

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John 4: 1-42 - Living Water

John 4: 1-42 – Living Water

The “living water” as an expression can mean, “flowing water” to distinguish from stagnant water in a cistern or well. As the revelation progresses, Jesus is identified as the fountain of life. At the background a number of Old Testament texts are important. Old Testament speaks of God as the source of life-giving water. The messianic era has been symbolically presented as water (Zech 14: 8; Joel…

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