Faith seeking understanding

Do not despair, the cross has shifted our destiny

If we feel despair about the suffering and evil in the world, the Gospel of Mark assures us that God has not abandoned us. Dorothy Lee reflects.

May 11 2017If we ask the Gospel of Mark to explain for us in words of few syllables the problem of evil and suffering, we will be met with a deafening silence. Nowhere does the Gospel of Mark seek to ‘explain’ the existence of evil and suffering in the world.

Mark’s Gospel has a strong focus on evil. The Markan narratives depict vividly human suffering from various evils: disability, disease, hunger, mental illness, alienation, oppression and, of course, sin. Death too is part of the problem.

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