The Beginning of the Good News
Written around the year 70 CE during a turbulent time of persecution, the Gospel ofMark conveys a dramatic sense of urgency, challenging Christians to remain resolutely steadfast in their radical commitment to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
Fortunately, as Christians living in modern America, we don’t face thepossibility of persecution or even execution, as did the Christians to whom Mark was writing. Nevertheless, we do live in a time when many social, political, economic, and religious forces are at work, subtly and gradually tempting us to
ignore or even abandon our commitment to walk in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ.