Human beings make decisions and take actions based on assumptions. We do so because without assumptions, we are paralyzed by complexity. In some cases, an assumption is based on data, but almost always, our presuppositions stem from innate selfishness. As Julius Caesar once said, “Men are nearly always willing to believe what they wish.” Caesar himself assumed that mob sentiment would ensure his triumph. Unfortunately, most people approach Mark’s gospel with Caesar’s worldview. We want Jesus to be popular. We want the mob to love him and no matter how hard Jesus runs from the crowds; no matter how emphatic his desire not to win them over; we still cheer when they surround him. Why? Because in our hearts, we prefer Caesar’s victory to Jesus’ defeat. Richard and Fr. Marc discuss the Mark 3:7-12.
(Episode 150; Mark 3:1-6); “Carnivale Intrigue” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http:// creativecommons .org/ licenses /by/3.0/)
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