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11 July 21 – Sunday 15B (COCU 47B)

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
(Mark 6:14-29 c.f. Mark 8:27-28)
John the baptiser,
Elijah, or a prophet;
who is this Jesus?

    The speculation
    foreshadows the same question
    posed in chapter eight.

Truth can bear danger
in the hearing – and telling:
so it was for John.

This dark narrative
warns of the risks which attend
living truth and right.

    So too, chapter eight;
    Jesus tells how he will die –
    another warning.

      Jeff Shrowder, 2021
 
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