When confronted with the failure of the Lord’s disciples in Mark, it’s tempting for hearers of the gospel to weigh and measure betrayal as a matter of degree. Why? Because while we may be willing to admit that we sometimes betray, even the best of us are reluctant to identify with the sin of Judas. As a consequence, we desperately want to believe that the sin of Peter’s denial is somehow less scandalous; we excuse Peter because we want to excuse ourselves. But “All of us,” Isaiah exclaims, “like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall upon him.” (Isaiah 53:6)
And again, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; and all of us wither like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)
And yet again, “Our transgressions are multiplied before you, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and we know our iniquities: Transgressing and denying the Lord, and turning away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving in and uttering from the heart lying words. Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the street, and uprightness cannot enter.” (Isaiah 59:12-14)
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Mark 14:66-72.
Episode 203 Mark 14:66-72; “Vanishing” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com (http://incompetech.com/)) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http:// creativecommons .org/ licenses /by/3.0/
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