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The Jesus of Mark.

The setting of the Gospel of Mark.

Since the author of this Gospel has not provided any firm date or clear background for this composition, the interpreter is compelled to look for clues that may suggest some probable answers.

From an overall reading of the text one encounters a community that has endured persecution from without and division from within. Right from the opening chapter the Cross casts it’s unmistakable shadow over the entire work. For example, John the Baptist preaches and is handed over or arrested.
Thereafter, Jesus and subsequent believer’s experience the same fate.

The theme of division among Jesus’ disciples also plays a prominent role in the work. In addition, persecutions figure significantly in the gospel.

When one puts all these observations together, there surface images of an early Christian community that has endured pain for the name of Jesus and most likely was anticipating more suffering.

A likely setting for the writing of the gospel is the persecution of Christians. Under Nero because of the great fire of 64 A.D. In order to shift blame from himself for the fire, Nero attributed the conflagration to Roman Christians.

The Roman historian Tacitus relates that Nero had Christians arrested and then convicted. He also imposed harsh punishments on those convicted.

To make matters worse, Christians betray fellow Christians.

Apostasy was rife indeed.

The author of Mark probably writes his gospel around the year 70 A.D.

(This was also the year in which the Romans utterly destroyed the Jewish temple in Jerusalem.)

He clearly demonstrates that Christian discipleship and suffering go hand in hand.

To accept the message of Jesus is to embrace the cross. The Jesus Mark is undeniably the suffering Messiah.

As Jesus unequivocally states in 8:31, ‘the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days, ‘Ironically, the infidelity of the disciples in this Gospel, notably Peter, becomes good news for those who experience failure, especially apostasy. Like Peter, they are called to repentance and reconciliation.

The Cross points to the empty tomb.



The Monstraint in Christian ceremony depicts the bread of life as being part of Christ. 

The Eucharist is inserted into the Monstraint.

It’s image is somewhat similar to that of the sun, there are golden spokes emanating from it and inside is a white disc which represents the Eucharist, which is the body and blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

To me the Monstraint looked like a sun, with a white light at its centre.

I observed how in other faiths the white light represents the heart.

The root is represented by a red colour, the sacral orange, the solar plexus yellow, and then the heart is white.

This might be why Christ is represented as pure white light or the white Eucharist in the image of the Monstraint.

The sun as it rises also takes on the same colour sequence as the colours associated with each chakra or energy centre as it is depicted in Hindu or Buddhist faith.

The sun starts out being red as it starts to rise, representing the lower chakras in us, root etc and ends up being white as it sits high in the sky at its full ascent.

The white light from the sun would then represent the risen sun, or perhaps the risen son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is interesting to observe that the white light from the sun gives itself to the life on this planet, and provides the energy needed to make grass which eventually makes the bread or Eucharist, which is the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

The Monstraint cannot be touched and it is often moved while rapping a cloth around it, just as our sun cannot be touched.

The word “Restraint” means to take or restrain, and perhaps the word Monstraint means the opposite? To give or show to all.

It is also interesting to observe, that in some Indian spiritual philosophy the heart is also depicted as being a green colour and the grass or wheet needed to make the Eucharist would also start its life being a green colour.

Does the colour green represented by the heart chakra also depict the green vegetation on our planet? And the sun’s role in turning it green, presenting this illusion that the grass is green, when in fact it is made with white light.

The compassionate figure in Hindu philosophy is depicted as “Krishna”, he is the “croi”, meaning heart in Irish or the core, as the heart is in the core of our body.

This is almost certain where the name Christ comes from, meaning “croi” in Irish or “core”.

The image of the Monstraint brings together some quite interesting ideas, it depicts the white light of the sun and how it plays its role in making the bread we eat, but it also depicts its association with the heart and Christ as the risen sun, or son.

The famous scientist, Nikola Tesla depicts in one of his many interviews how “everything is the light”.

He also talked about how all of mankind could achieve wondrous things by embracing the Christ consciousness within them. Is Nikola Tesla also alluding to the idea that the Christ or heart is also the pure white light.

Another famous scientist, Isaac Newton has been reported to be a deeply religious man, he is also noted for depicting theories on the nature of light and how pure white light can be broken up or refracted to reveal a spectrum of colours with differing wavelengths.

Sun worship was also observed within some of the faiths and cults of ancient Egypt, worshipping the white light, which represented their Christ, Horus.

If you were to add a “C” to the name Horus you get Chorus, which might be quite similar to the name Christ.

Interestingly enough when you do add the letter “C” to the name Horus, yo get the word “Chorus”, which depicts the use of sound from a choir within a church. Perhaps alluding to the idea that the “C” added here is not only a letter but a note which is played and the importance with which sound plays in healing or balancing us and its role in communicating with God.

Other word derivations from the name “Horus” who is the risen sun, or son in ancient Egyptian mythology.

Are the words “hour”, “our”, depicting that the ancient Egyptian Christ was associated with time, or think of the use of the word “our” within passages of the Bible and ponder to its use and its origin.

The letter “H”, in the name Horus may also be turned on its side to make an “I” and may reveal the word “Iorus” or Iris, as in the Iris of your eye, reveling the idea that Horus was the all seeing eye in its physical form.

That the light enters the eye of Christ, that pure white light or Christ is the core, he is everything.

Christ is in the pure white light, or white Eucharist of the Monstraint.