Saturday, April 4, 2015


"And they all left Him and fled. And a certain young man was following Him, wearing nothing but a linen sheet over his naked body; and they seized him. But he left the linen sheet behind, and escaped naked." 
Mark 14:50-52 (Mark is the only Gospel writer who records this incident.)

The early Church is practically unanimous in ascribing the Second Gospel to Mark, the cousin of Barnabas and associate of Paul and Peter. Strong tradition also supports the assertion that in this Gospel is recorded the recollections and preaching of Peter, who calls Mark "my son" in 1 Peter 5:13. Most scholars hold that this is the earliest of the four Gospels, safely dated between A.D. 50 and A.D. 70.
Leona Choy
(An imaginary scenario)
What happened to Jesus’ sandals?

No one wanted them!
Soldiers jerked them off
to nail His bare feet
to a rough-splintered cross
callously casting lots
for His seamless garment.
They tossed aside His filthy sandals
caked with mud
and stained with blood
from scourging and His painful struggle
up Golgotha's hill
—not worth a throw of dice.

Then I noticed the sandals
hugged tightly under the arm
of a frightened youth.
They called him John Mark.
Where had I seen him before?
At the synagogue door?
Or helping his mother
host them all at the Last Supper?
Perhaps in Gethsemane
running naked from the grasp
of Jesus' enemy?

What would that lad do
with the precious sandals?
Were they just a souvenir
of a grizzly spectacle
that even in a later movie age
would be rated "R"
for violence and brutality?

Hiding alone in the shadows
on the fringes of the crowd
the young man watched wide-eyed
the suffering, dying Man on the cross.
Without Parental Guidance to explain
would he grasp the meaning
of this scandalous documentary?

Would this wide-eyed youth
understand the dreadful drama
he beheld that historic day
outside the city wall?
Would he realize God had planned
this event from Eternity?

Would God provide a mentor
to relate the significance
of the death of this Man
who laid aside His sandals and robe
in the Upper Room
and stooped to wash
the feet of His friends?

Would that youth ever wear 
those sandals? Would he dare?
Would he be found worthy
and chosen eventually
to walk in the sandals
of that Man of Galilee?
Would they be to him
like the mantle of Elijah
enduing him doubly
with power for service?

Would he wear those very sandals
to take the Good News
 one day far away
on missionary journeys?

YES! And he would write
in the Gospel that bears his name
for those who weren't there
those scattered everywhere
down the corridors of time
what he had seen firsthand
with his youthful eyes
and received from the keen memory
of Peter the fisherman-disciple
who had known
the beloved Christ of Galilee
and followed Him
in his own sandals!

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