Mark’s Gospel has been called, quite aptly, a passion narrative with a long introduction. It’s the briefest of the Gospel texts, and probably the first one written. Scripture scholars marvel at Mark’s clumsy Greek and his rather ham-fisted storytelling. The text baffles us and confounds us at various points, often through the eyes of the disciples, who never quite seem to get it. There’s no Bethlehem birth account; Mark begins with an adult Jesus in Galilee seeking baptism by John. Hardly an image for the front of the Christmas cards.