The article, “The thesis statement of St. Mark and returning to Fish City,” presents the thesis statement for the Gospel of St. Mark, “Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: ‘This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Jesus represents the kingdom of God as among us now, the time of his preaching. It is now, as we see Jesus among us in in each other, and in the animal and plant life that is all around us. The kingdom of God is reaching out to us, touching us.
Genesis 9, the first reading, discusses,God’s contract with Noah. It begins, the contract is with us and with our descendants. It adds, “With every living creature…”
The world is an organic whole. Therefore, it is like Jello. Anything that affects any part of it affects the whole. Adam Smith in, On Moral Sentiments, discusses the Law of Unintended Consequences. His best friend, an atheist named Thomas Hobbes, also discusses this theory, “Consequences, mixed and varied, may be foreseen to flow from every measure: And many consequences, unforeseen, do always, in fact, result from every one.
We are a small part of God’s planet. The world is a web. When we shake the web we affect the whole web. God makes the contract with all, animal, mineral, vegetable, and human. Genesis 9 makes it clear that Hebrew has the same concept. Genesis 9 reads, “Only the flesh in the life force, which is the blood, you will not eat. The blood in the life force/soul, I seek. From the hand of all life, I seek the blood/life force/soul. From the hand of Der Mann, and from the hand of Der Mensch of his brother, I seek the animate force of Der Mann. German and Hebrew have two words for our word, “Man.”
God seeks the animate force of life in all animate beings. Genesis 9 forbids eating meat with blood still in it. Leviticus 17:11, “The life of the flesh is in the blood. That is not just human blood, but the blood of all animals. Verse 14, “His blood is in his animate force/soul,” and adds, “The animate force/soul, of all flesh is the blood.” Leviticus reverses the order. “The life is in the blood,” The Hebrew word for blood is “Dam.” For likeness, as in the likeness of God, Genesis 1:26, it is Damoth. As we deal with blood, we deal with the likeness of God.
All life on our planet is in one Social Contract, before God. We are all to care for each other and the fragile Eco-system. Let us repent, turn back to God, see all life/human and animal is sacred before God, and treat it as such. Then we can believe there is a world to come where all will do the same, and that will be the kingdom of God.