Preparing to preach Mark

Gerald O?Collins SJ
In response to Pope Francis? call for better preaching, we continue a series taking examples from all four gospels. Gerald O?Collins SJ is adjunct professor of Australian Catholic University.
The Gospels offer us ?words which set hearts on fire? ? to use the language of Pope Francis in his exhortation The Joy of the Gospel. This third article in a series takes up some powerful words from Mark that can set our hearts on fire.

Two conversations between women
In the Gospel according to Mark, we find women talking to each other on only two occasions. Both occasions involve life and death, but in remarkably different ways.

The first occasion arises when Herod Antipas invites many rich and influential people to an evening banquet (Mark 6.21?29). Salome, the daughter of Herodias, dances for the king and his guests. Herod is so pleased with the girl?s performance that he promises to give her anything she asks for.Login for more...