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December 3, 1993 The Message Monthly --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 "" Commentary __ Fear, destruction, betrayal, despatr: Mark composes the anttdote _ _ Gospel commentary for Dec. - nity at Rome had just undergone a . ,  . . . spalr Mark saw himself commanded b Isaiah o, 1993, Second Sunday of Ad. - ..... searing ann violen persecution words "Get- ou u to a ..... Y" ,. s - - ... . ,- : y p mgn mountain, neraia oI vent, Cycle B: Mark 1:1.8. : under the Emperor lero; ann n- , ....... ............ gooa news to Lion LlIt up your voice with strength, I I nally ne Wloner nurcn at , ,, . _ A man we call Mark was about ....  Jerusalem and the beautiful Jew- neram mgood news to Jerusalem. Lift it up. Be not to attempt SOmething never before :: ish temple in which they still wor- afraid. Say to the cities of Judah: 'Behold your a!terapted as far as we know. His shipped had both ceased to exist. God. Stirred by these beautiful words of the ;:sle orperhaps his commission Jerusalem had been besieged and prophet of consolation Mark writes: Fhe benning Ii conquered, thetempleburnedandofthegoodnewsofJesusChrist, SonofGod. ocat Uhnshandeeds of JesusCmmumt torn down and the Christian com The chief message Mark proposes, to bring the was to assemble into a book the y sayia,Nazaret:nd of munity fled east across the Jordan good news of Jesus home to the individual, is re- to be ra a' a man who was believed I "  B River. ore th . . ||  rAln-.K Mar had a lot to deal with. a nhumanin fact this O'ArlnwrK_D  k Same Jesu - DoYALD DILGER pentance a change of life from sin to virtue, fi on Chri--" s was believed by the | %(COLUMNIST Jesus had not returned as ex- betrayal to asking forgiveness, from destruction to ^ uan COmmunity to be So - D nsm of faith resulted ttod in a way no off- - not  pected. A c ..... . rebuilding, from despair to hope. Much of what aaa ver' been- M her numan beino The first generation oi nrisians, the title ,o lark emphasizes the importance of including the apostles, had either dmd or would do ofJesu s inL n. o t God" by placing it as the first title so soon. How were their memories of Jesus' words to USe t,-, book, then allowing no human bein and deeds to be passed on? There had to be some ,ab Lll;le of g Story. 0!. , . Jesus again until the end of the way to deal with the crams brought on by the mar- into the' J aen does Mark put that august title tyrclom of Christians during Nero's persecution of diet be,o OUth of a Roman soldier. That Roman sol- the Church and the fact that some Christians had characterfaeburden of professing Jesus' divine betrayed their community by defection and turning read lying1., _" ?" people of all times after they have in faithful Christians to Roman governmental offi- God? "  story: "Indeed this man was Son of cials. The final blow was the destruction or disinte- pentance -- a change of life from sin to virtue, from Mark writes in the book that follows his title does hyPothesis as to the date of composi- gospels is that it was written 68-70 A.D. We assume there were contributing to the urgency with seems to have been written. Were the following: the first genera- was mostly gone; Paul and other preachers and teachers had pro- the end of the world was at hand and about to return; the Christian commu- gration of the Christian community at Jerusalem through the destruction of the city and burning of the temple. How was Mark to cope with what seemed a situation of hopelessness and crisis? He faced his task head on. Mark, like all early Christians, was an eager student of the writings attributed to an eighth century B.C. prophet named Isaiah. In what we now call Second Isaiah he found the title for his book, a title that would in one word be the antidote for fear, disappointment, betrayal, depression, de- not sound like good news. Like ourselves when we encounter betrayal, depression, and sometimes de- spair, Mark reflects the crises that brought about the composition of his book. Nevertheless, his book begins with an enthusiastic and cheerful title and concludes with an announcement of Jesus' resur- rection. We would do well to imitate Mark's lead. Even when things look gloomy and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel, a Christian re- members that there is good news There is hope. The Advent or arrival of Jesus that Mark pro- claimed will arrive anew in our personal life. How? By the repentance that Mark's book proclaims through John the Baptist: "Prepare the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight." Other readings: Isaiah 40:1.5, 9-11; H Peter 3:8-14. 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