If you have a picture in your head of ‘Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild’ then today’s Gospel ought to make you get rid of it straight away. If you think of Jesus as some sort of namby-pamby figure then I suggest you think again.
Well you couldn’t find three more wonderful scripture readings than those presented to us today: The Sacrifice of Isaac, the famous passage from Romans “With God on our side who could be against us?” and St Mark’s account of the Transfiguration.
We know that Mark is the shortest of the Gospels and here we are presented with his account of the Temptation of Jesus which is very brief indeed. The Gospels of Matthew and Luke have more extended accounts of the Temptation which are broadly similar to each other.
I once visited a leper colony in the Congo, it was about twenty years ago and the clinic was run by a Religious Sister. There weren’t too many lepers in the place at the time because advances in the medical treatment of leprosy now mean that it is no longer necessary for lepers to spend long periods in treatment.