Don’t burn the toast

27 01 2012

Transparency is a much talked of value – we ask for transparency in financial dealings and accounts, transparency in relationships, transparency in – toasters??  (Sorry, I found the image and couldn’t resist it!)

We like to know where we are with people, we don’t like being caught out by the small print, we hanker after truth.

Of course the downside is that others want us to be transparent too and that’s not so comfortable; we all like a degree of opacity, don’t we?

I started reading Mark’s gospel last week and it is an “in your face”, transparent introduction to Jesus.  Mark has no preface of birth narratives, no angels or wise men or genealogies, just right in there – “The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”

There’s an air of excitement and anticipation that draws the reader into the story.

If Mark is direct about who Jesus is, he is equally direct about what is expected of those who listen to him – “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”

It seems that I’m in for a challenging, don’t-burn-the-toast, nowhere-to-hide read.

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