Reading Mark 1, Jesus prayed in a lonely place in the morning (Mark 1:35).
Mark 2 begins with too many people. And paralysis, and desperation to attend on him
… they removed the roof above him; and… let down the mat on which the paralytic lay
And then a claim by Jesus, met by a claim of blasphemy. And then example by Jesus, of power
“But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins (he said to the paralytic) I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home”
And he taught them.
Amid action, and conflict, and while on the move, and when recognising the mess about him, he taught them
He said later,
“I have come to call not the righteous but sinners”
And then more questions about his authority; and his response. And his deeper explanation.
And then more questions about his right; and his response. And his deeper explanation.