When we take any action—especially in rebellion—the emotional satisfaction of doing what we want whenever we want creates the illusion of freedom. But what does it mean to be free? To the extent that Scripture knows exactly how we are going to behave when we disobey its instruction, can we honestly claim that we are in control of our lives? Moreover, to what lengths will we go to maintain this illusion of control?
As if to amplify the warning of the Gerasene’s bondage, in Mark 14, everyone surrounding Jesus is confronted with a choice: obey Scripture or obey your chains; submit to the Lord’s teaching or commit violence against it; accept the Lord’s control, which is life-giving, or embrace your chains, bound to your own destruction. How, chief priests, do you solve a problem like Jesus? You may think that you’re preserving your temple by attacking him, but how can you sack a temple without walls? You desperately want to believe that you’ve arrested him, but how can you catch a cloud and pin it down?
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Mark 14:53-65.
Episode 202 Mark 14:53-65; Subscribe: http://feedpress.me/the-bible-as-literature; “Hard Boiled” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com (http://incompetech.com/)) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http:// creativecommons .org/ licenses /by/3.0/