Teacher, I Want To See

Teacher, I Want To See


Chris Breslin

Mark 10:32-52

Lightenings (xii)

Seamus Heaney


And lightening? One meaning of that

Beyond the usual sense of alleviation,

Illumination, and so on, is this:

A phenomenal instant when the spirit flares

With pure exhilaration before death—

The good thief in us harking to the promise!

So paint him on Christ’s right hand, on a promontory

Scanning empty space, so body-racked he seems

Untranslatable into the bliss

Ached for at the moon-rim of his forehead,

By nail-craters on the dark side of his brain:

This day thou shall be with Me in Paradise.


“It is in our lastness, lostness, leastness, littleness, and death…that we are saved.” –Robert Farrar Capon


“The Son of Man in Daniel 7 represents God’s people as they are suffering at the hands of pagan enemies. He will eventually be vindicated, after his suffering, as God sets up the kingdom at last. Jesus is both warning his followers that this is how he understands his vocation and destiny as Israel’s representative and that they must be prepared to follow in his steps.” –N.T. Wright


Hebrews 11:1

Romans 11:11-15

Luke 10:6

Acts 13:10

Daniel 7:13-14

Mark 8:31-33

Mark 9:30-32

Romans 8:28

1 Corinthians 2:2



The Narrative Lectionary


Further Mark Reading

The Gospel According to St. Mark by Morna Hooker

King’s Cross/Jesus the King by Tim Keller

Mark (NICNT Commentary) William Lane

Mark (Anchor Bible Commentary) by Joel Marcus

Binding the Strong Man by Ched Meyers

Mark (Belief Commentary) by William Placher

Mark as Story by David Rhoads & Joanna Dewey

Meeting God in Mark by Rowan Williams

How God Became King by N.T. Wright

Mark for Everyone by N.T. Wright


Further Lenten Reading

God is on the Cross by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Sweet Deliverance: A Lenten Reader ed Chris Breslin

The Death of the Messiah by Raymond Brown

I Am With You (Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2016 Lent Book) by Kathryn Greene-McCreight

Living the Christian Year by Bobby Gross

Cross-Shattered Christ by Stanley Hauerwas

He Became Like Us: Christ’s Identification with Man by Carlyle Marney

Death on a Friday Afternoon by Richard John Neuhaus

God for Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent & Easter ed Greg Pennoyer

The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross by Arthur Pink

Abiding (Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2013 Lent Book) by Ben Quash

The Seven Last Words from the Cross by Fleming Rutledge

Listening at Golgotha: Jesus’ Words from the Cross by Peter Storey

Looking Through the Cross (Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2014 Lent Book) by Graham Tomlin

In God’s Hands (Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2015 Lent Book) by Desmond Tutu

Passion and Power (Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2007 Lent Book) by Sam Wells

Thank God it’s Friday by Will Willimon



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