The American politician, lawyer, and orator R G Ingersoll once described hope as “the universal liar”. In a similar vein, the poet and lyricist Burton Baldry said that hope was nothing more than “disappointment deferred”.
A cursory look at the world today would seem to bear out these rather gloomy sentiments. When we look at the so-called Arab Spring of a few years ago, and how it has collapsed into civil war, religious extremism, and political oppression; when we look at the ongoing struggle to contain the e.bola outbreak in Western Africa; when we contemplate the long term effects of climate change upon the whole planet; even when we examine matters here in Australia, where there is widespread cynicism and apathy about our political and social institutions, and as a society we seem incapable of humanely and justly addressing issues of equity and disadvantage, one might see all around causes for despair. Continue reading “Mark 13: 24-37”