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November 26, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 I I I II I Ill II "- Commentary -- The little book of Revelation:. Mark's apocalypse Gospel Commentary for Nov. 28, 1993, First Sunday in Advent, Cycle B. Mark 13:33-37. Mark ends the ministry of Jesus as he began it. The first Words of Jesus in Mark were: "The time is fulfilled The kingdom of God is at hand.'Repent and believe m the good news." Throughout his presentation of the good news Mark has demonstrated how some judgment. It is his way of showing and there is no end in sight despite the warnings of that, as Jesus had said at the be- well-meaning people who simply repeat what has ginning of the gospel, "The time is been said for almost two thousand years. Too much fulfilled. The kingdom of God is at time and energy is spent on this question resulting hand." in the disturbance of simple minds by simple minds Mark and the Christian corn- who interpret the Scriptures far too literally. If they munity for which he was writing would but put the Scriptures into the historical con- about 70 A.D., (probably the text in which they were written they could save Church at Rome), were convinced themselves the repeated embarrassment of admit- that the end was at hand. There ting that they made a mistake in predicting the end were two events that led them to or authoritatively saying: "God has postponed it." this conclusion. The first one was a More attention should be given to the warnings in accepted the message of Jesus By FATHER while others rejected it. In a final DON DILGER devastating persecution of Chris- "The Little Apocalypse" about false prophets and series °fconfrontations with reli- COLUMNIST tians in Rome. The two great apes- false messiahs and to the words of Jesus: "Of that • tles, Peter and Paul, were mar- day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in s authority in Jerusalem in the tyred in that persecution. The heaven but onl- the Father" "-pie Mark • '  ties tl.^-- shows that even among the authori- second event was the destructmn of the Jerusalem The technicM term used bv earlY Chriti,n th, "'' were s • • • .   .............. " them reiec*- . ome who accepted Jesus. Most of temple by the Romans in 70 A.D. For Christians as ologaans for the end of time and the return of Jesus istry of Je;u;inle essage and Mark ends the min: for Jews the deruc!ion oi me te__m_p,ejwas a_cat_a- is the word "parousia," perhaps best translated as nl0rlev ..Lt. e temple with a condemnation oI stropmc event. Jor mem sucn a Lrageuy Logener "hin nr.nt " The aver w, itd at;t,,d, + .... .1 the la o. lng rehgmus authority who take even with the persecutmn they had suffered must be the the narousia might be called "-- .... ;. f. .... -urea, ° pennies of ......  ....... - ............ Serves ,_ - the poor That very temple which lmmedmte sign of the end. .__ L_ ._ ,,__. .... - - . Luuu uu the k, nl-lSClaD_ res rise or remea mr of,L_- "s a trent for their oeed i .... a k ...... e To demonstrate this ooint, Mark uses the rest ..... p.o . , , y . -em ^ • ,"   "--' "" - narouma rover- ,he n°.,o. ,o ;,, rM.,,-o  .... , ---. --xS des . • r" •  ..o ..,.. Lo A, *,ocLy  iumlal ominou- us leaves the temple he utters an oftlus chapter to assemble sayings of Jesus and/or readin- W- ar ............ Warnin- o  .- - , " • "- "- " "- " - --- .... u- 'h-i-t g. e e nKe servants WhO nave been put in A* ,t•  • its aestruction sayangs attrmutea to desus oy rs cen ry  r  - ,_ _ .  ... .. .. .., ,. als o' . " • • charge, eacfl wlcn fief or nls worK. Wnlle tne mas- teraPle t- - p lnt Mark depicts Jesus leaving the lan prophets about the last days, the end oftme .....  ,^ .___  ............. . • ,, re " • • • • er u t.e uuue net gone on a journey, we are to (sxth ce-" mind his readers of a text from Ezekiel and the return of Jesus as ]udge. Thin chapter s ................. 1- .tory B C ) w' ............ ' .... "-" * ---'--se" in reference to our conunue ialtnmuy aomg our wor Knowing mat in eaves ,t . . • hen the glory oI xanwen calteo tne tAue .pocaptyp . . _ . ne tern l • , • • some way desus can return at any time, whether Babylo,;__ pte before its destruction by the New Testament s Book of Revelatmn which we .... - ..... - .... . , .,_ "',as in o8  o , .. .... . . ,   . ,,.rr A .... I ..... - m.. '!4o. ,,,.A na De his final return or wnen we meet mm at tne ?kirt a ,,.^-.. - o.w. He aepmts tne fliscipms usea 15o call lt-r npu.a,ypc. ,at ,8=,o,, ,,uxu 1_ ] ] e .......... -t,elo . - • . . , ,, • • nour ann nay o[our oeatn, tne ena mat is more cer- be th- _. n. When will this be and what will anocalwse is derived from a Greek word mean- . fi,_':]lgn when thee- ,L ...... " ..... : .... ::.:'_,;.. ,, tain than the parousia Mark sums it up in the last "'.-eat Jes .... .-o---gs are all rO De iUl- lllg CtveauH. ...--- -e • - ) "--" ", " ,ffirmrzf, , a wuru utoeuu ministry wtln days ana .e,_. nswers with a description of the last Though Mark, along with Paul and some  : • ! lWer [r. ms return as "Son of man" in glory and other New Testament authors, was convinced that • | tion oe*'' als way Mark has connected the destruc- the end was at hand, it obviously was not. The3' Other readings: Isaiah 63:16.I7,19; 64:2.7; I | -ae temple with the erid of time and the final were mistaken. Nineteen centuries have passed Cot 1:3.9. Jubilarians thlee n (Lannert) Sickman of Evansville their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Beach Club Resort in Florida. A Mass of. and a family dinner will be held Nov. 28. 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