In the Gospel of Mark, the greatest threat—not just to humanity, but to life itself—is human behavior controlled by human perspectives. When an individual faces any question, they can’t help but ask how that question impacts their life. Will they suffer? Will they survive? Will they lose? In this way, their next action—whether committed by word or by deed—can’t help but be selfish. The individual thinks and acts in defense of what they believe is best for them. They do not think about the rest of humanity, let alone the totality of the Lord’s Creation. Nobody says, I am going to do X because if I do not, in 500 or a 1000 years, there will be a negative outcome for a generation yet unborn. That is not how the human mind works, and that is exactly why the Bible seeks to sabotage human reason and undermine the individual. How do you get a person to act against their interests in the short term for the sake of something far more important than themselves? You remind them that the day of reckoning, which they believe is far away in the future, could, in fact, come at any moment, and not even Jesus knows when. So stay awake and keep watch, because you never know.
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Mark 13:32-37.
Episode 195 Mark 13:32-37; Subscribe: http://feedpress.me/the-bible-as-literature; “Furious Freak” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com (http://incompetech.com/)) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http:// creativecommons .org/ licenses /by/3.0/