Mark’s gospel presents many themes that are designed to speak relevantly to believers during turbulent times. But most of all it should be read as an invitation to follow the one who is both Lord and Savior. It issues us a challenge to keep pace with Jesus. When we read this gospel we discover that discipleship is nothing short of a marathon that begins in Galilee and ends in Jerusalem— only to begin again on Easter Sunday with the women running and Jesus going before them all to Galilee. Discipleship is not for the half-hearted. Nor is it for those who already perceive themselves fit. Mark summons the “faith- hearted” to keep step with Jesus. His presentation is compelling to the man or woman who is willing to project themselves into the center of the narrative and run the course afresh.