Ascension Day, Solemn Mass, by the Rector

New Testament Professor Joel Marcus, in his commentary on today’s gospel lesson from the last chapter of Mark, draws our attention to a narrative in the early part of Mark to help us to understand its ending. He refers his readers to the story “of storm-tossed disciples, surrounded by darkness and rising waves, and afraid they are about to perish.”[1] Wind and sea are calmed. Then, Jesus said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?”[2] Saint Mark’s answer to fear and to suffering is faith.
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