Boston College School of Theology and Ministry offers online classes and I decided to join in. The Gospel of Mark is the session I’m currently enrolled in and have to say, it is interesting and simple. I’ve never taken an online class before (must sound like I’m from the dark ages to many of you) but for personal spiritual growth, I gave it a shot.
All participants introduce themselves and answer questions, typing out their text. A facilitator keeps the conversation going and I feel welcome to join in. Participants are from around the world and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading the comments. People are very thoughtful and they shed light on new thoughts for me to contemplate.
The Gospel of Mark is regarded by scholars as the first Gospel written. It is concise. Maybe the writers of Matthew, Luke, and John thought the story of Christ Jesus needed elaboration, because their books are longer.
Already I’ve discovered, I’m guilty of a “homogenized” view of the Gospels. I tend to blend ideas from all four Gospels into one. The online class is forcing me to take a look at the Gospel of Mark alone. I don’t feel compelled to convert to a new radical view, but just be more aware.