Today is Good Friday, and I am finishing up the last few days of a graduate course. So in lieu of writing anything substantive (well—at least anything else that is worthy of posting here), I thought that I would link an insightful article describing how Mark’s gospel ironically patterns Jesus’ march to the cross after Roman imperial triumphs, symbolically turning Roman power on its head.
It is imperative to reflect, especially this day, upon the nature of our own society and those we execute in the name of peace. The United States’ empire is the closest contemporary parallel to Roman rule of Jesus’ day, and we must ask ourselves which path we choose to take—the way of our own power and self-aggrandizement or the way of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Until Easter, adieu.