I lived next door to Charlotte for a couple of years. She was everybody's grandma, and her patience was just amazing. But when she was finally done with somebody's nonsense, she liked to say "Don't mistake my kindness for weakness."
It's a great line. And I used to give her credit for it. Because she was so sweet, it was a real surprise to find out who she was quoting.
Sunday's Gospel (Mark) comes at the end of Jesus' public ministry, right before Jesus' passion, death, and resurrection. It's a reminder to the Apostles. With what is about to happen, the sacrifice that Jesus is going to make for them (and for all of us), to never lose sight of who He is.
And that Jesus' ultimate kindness is anything but weakness.
More on this tomorrow. Readings for Sunday