I’m currently reading a chapter of Mark’s Gospel each day with 6yo Cara and 4yo Luke. Along the way, they’ve been intrigued by the way in which Jesus tells people to keep quiet about his identity. Today we finally hit Caesarea Philippi, where it becomes evident that the disciples have begun to grasp who Jesus is. But when I read v30, “and Jesus warned them that they should speak to no one about him,” Cara dropped her jaw and rolled her eyes: “what? still???!!”
It’s somehow very invigorating to see this live interaction between children and text, as they encounter the Messianic Secret for the first time. I told them that when we get to the end of Mark’s Gospel, I’m going to ask them why they think Jesus wanted to keep things so secret – I’ll be intrigued to hear their thoughts!