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Against his instincts he senses that the future is with a different, apostolic structure. KEEPING TH E LA W AND INCLUDIN G THE GENTILE S The tensio n between Mark and Matthew had its origins in the success of Paul's mission to th e Gentiles . 11-14), an
Tha t doe s no t mean , o f course , tha t hi s Vision ' for wha t w e cal l th e 'Church ' woul d no t hav e include d al l Christia n believers; it means simply that th e Christia n gospe l i s always formulated in terms that relate it to the evangelist's own experience, and addressed t o some particula r situation . Bu t wher e an d wha t wa s this particula r community? And what were its problems? 1 Whether i t was located i n Rom e or Syria or elsewhere we 'According to H . C . Kee , the questio n o f its own identit y was in fac t th e primary issue for the Markan community, and questions about messianic titles were secondary to this (1977:107).
Wha t th e disciple s represen t i s th e typica l huma n response to the gospel - enthusias m for the good news, yet an inability to comprehend th e way s of God; jo y at what i s offered, bu t reluctanc e t o pay the price. Behind their inadequate response, we glimpse the Christian community of Mark's own day — and o f every day, for the disciples behave very muc h a s Christians alway s behave. I f we want t o discove r Mark' s vision for what th e Church migh t be, we need to look first of all at what he tells us about Jesus himself, since the communit y is centred o n him ; and secondly at what Jesus demands of his disciples, but which they fail t o give: a radical commitmen t t o hi s gospel, eve n t o th e exten t of literally taking up the cross.
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