Sunday by Sunday for November 18: An Excerpt

13 Nov

“Most Americans saw the planes ram the World Trade Center and still flash back to the moment they realized we were under terrorist attack. We live with fear and vulnerability.

Disaster is too often part of life today as it was for the people for whom Mark wrote the first gospel. Like us they knew fear and loss. Jewish freedom fighters revolted against Rome in AD 66. Near the end of the four-year war, the Roman Tenth Legion lay siege to Jerusalem. The soldiers surrounded the city for months to starve the citizens into surrender. When the Romans finally attacked, they destroyed the temple completely, leaving not a stone upon a stone.”

What worries you most these days? In whom can we hope?

Go more in-depth with this week’s gospel in Sunday by Sunday or with a copy of Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story.

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