Study of the Readings
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings
Does our contemporary picture of the universe, and its story, alter how we hear the cosmic imagery of Daniel and Jesus in Mark's Gospel? Not significantly, it seems to me.
John Kavanaugh, SJ
The End Times
We envisage Mark’s portrayal of the end times to be about the end of the world, the trials, the omens, the shaking of the heavens, the Son of Man coming in clouds with power and glory upon the winds.
John J. Pilch
Planning For The End
In the light of the data from paleopathology (the study of ancient disease), it would seem Jesus expected the political end of Israel much sooner than it actually occurred.
But there is yet another harvest: the transfer of each one of us by death from this present life into that which is to come. The reapers of this harvest are not the apostles but the angels.
Reginald H. Fuller
The excerpt from Mark’s “Little Apocalypse” starts at exactly the same place as the reading from Daniel—at the point where the apocalypse moves from future historical events vaguely conceived to a series of cosmic events.