Tonight, while preparing for a sermon on Mark 10:17-31 from the Revised Common Lectionary Year B / Proper 23 (28) / Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, I found myself curious to find all of the place in Mark’s Gospel where people kneel, bow, etc. before Jesus.
I did a quick read (translation: it’s possible that I missed some, although I tried hard not to), and came up with the following.
(All passages from the NRSV. Links go to the chapter containing the quoted verses.)
Mark 1:40 — A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.”
Mark 5:6-7 — When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him; and he shouted at the top of his voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.”
Mark 5: 22-23 — Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.”
Mark 5:33-34 — But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
Mark 7:25-26 — …but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
Mark 10:17 — As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Mark 15:19 — They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him.
I hope this might prove useful to others. If I missed any verses that should be included, please let me know! Thanks. ~ Tj