Tibetan Script Gospel Meditation – Mark 13:9-13

Mark 13.9-13 w B

“But be on you guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and childen will rise against parents and have them put to death. And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”

Yeshu continues to urge his disciples not to be alarmed about the future, but rather to be concerned about their present life. He gives three reasons for not worrying, and if we are disciples they would have this kind of meaning for us today:

1. Instead of worrying about the end of all things, you must set your minds on preaching the good news, so that all men including your own people hear before the end comes.

2. However because of your preaching some of you will indeed be arrested. Yet don’t be anxious now about how you are going to give answer to police and lamas. Instead trust God because he will put his words on your lips.

3. And some of your close relatives will oppose you, even kill you; and they will curse you for your poor rebirth. However don’t let this also worry you, because you only die once. And, instead, by faithfully pressing to the end of your journey as disciples, you will certainly achieve the short path to liberation.