Mark 13 and Mark 12: 41-44 – Prequel

I am fairly sure Mark,
whose congregation were survivors
of utter and absolute destruction in Jerusalem,
not a stone left on a stone,
and everyone grieving someone,

decided to bundle
all the prophecies Jesus ever spoke
about the violent ends of things –
ones that happen in nations,
ethnic cleansings, lynchings, pogroms,
betrayals, wars, walls, hatreds,
land destroyed and seas,
horrors of illness,
miscarriages in refugee camps,
babies who die because they are hungry
and no one feeds them
the ruin of homes
and the ruin of the heart.

Mark ended what we now call
chapter 13 with those famous words
about waking up,
that we often use at Advent.

I imagine some woman, face lined
with long suffering,
but radiating a shine of that
peace-anyway
of folks with little left to lose,
said to the younger man –
it is not really so much
about waking up,
as never again feeling safe enough
to fall asleep.

Son, tell us the one about the widow
who had so very little
but still she gave it all away –
Jesus used to talk about her.
I like that story.

In the end Mark didn’t leave out
the extravagant apocalyptic,
but he put the widow’s story first,

because he loved
the sweet and strong survivors.

JESUS MAFA is a response to the New Testament readings from the Lectionary by a Christian community in Cameroon, Africa. Each of the readings were selected and adapted to dramatic interpretation by the community members. Photographs of their interpretations were made, and these were then transcribed to paintings. Taken from Art in the Christian Tradition, Vanderbilt Divinity School Library.

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3 Responses to Mark 13 and Mark 12: 41-44 – Prequel

  1. Obed Vizcaíno says:

    ASÍ ES EL AMOR

    El amor, tiene ese curioso dejo de dulce ingenuidad, y goloso empalago, todo lo cree y soporta, todo lo espera.

    Quien ama, se arriesga a hacerlo toda la vida, transitando el camino de la ternura recurrente, de la caricia y el beso imprescindible.

    El amor tiene la cualidad de hacernos sensibles, personas solidarias, seres humanos.

    Cuando amamos, sentimos la experiencia de vivir para otros y otras, venciendo egoísmos, superando prejuicios.

    El amor, nos hace aptos para vivir a plenitud. sensibles, tontos o tontas, graciosos y generosos, nos transforma.

    El amor, es ese ingrediente que mágicamente nos hace novios y novias, esposos y esposas, amantes, hijos e hijas, padres y madres, hermanos y hermanas, amigos y amigas familia e iglesia, nos hace Sociedad.

    El amor, no pasa de moda, se acabarán la hipocresía y el desengaño, pero el verdadero amor nunca dejará de ser.

    Rev. Obed Juan Vizcaíno Nájera Maracaibo – Venezuela 23 de Marzo 2018.

    El vie, mar 23, 2018 03:17 AM, Gifts in Open Hands escribió:

    > Maren posted: “I am fairly sure Mark, whose congregation were survivors of > utter and absolute destruction in Jerusalem, not a stone left on a stone, > and everyone grieving someone, decided to bundle all the prophecies Jesus > ever spoke about the violent end” >

  2. Maren says:

    Gracias, Obed!

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