Nearly two thousand years ago St Mark wrote his Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ. Mark’s is the shortest Gospel. This evening a group of us met at Church simply to read it out in turn from beginning to end.
It was lovely to see and hear how the reading united young, and not so young, people of at least six different nationalities, differing educational backgrounds… all joined by the words of the Gospel, all showing how the good news of Jesus breaks down human barriers, and brings people together.
Ann and Laura had prepared the evening well, and had included showing appropriate images as the reading proceeded. Their work was no small task with over twenty different people sharing in the reading.
Some comments from those who attended (and please see further down for more remarks)
“I heard the Gospel in a new way,”
“I heard it as one Gospel, not just parts, the whole story,”
“A special event in my Lent this year,”
“I love shared reading! It’s great hearing stories told through many different voices. My relationship with sacred texts is more complicated, but it felt simpler tonight, and less ‘loaded’ than it has done for a long time.”