Today’s reading from Mark moves the action for the rural northern area of Israel, Galilee, to the big city, Jerusalem. I think of it a evangelist/faith healer who started out in places like Selma, Memphis and Montgomery and then made a march on Washington, D.C.
What I noticed about Mark is that it includes fewer teachings of Jesus than Matthew, and many fewer references to prophecies. E.g., Mark just has Jesus ride in on one animal, while Matthew felt the need to include two. Also, something curious about Mark, there were so many stories of healing in Galilee, but I haven’t read any after he got to Jerusalem.