Mark – James D. Sullivan

James D. Sullivan

“That ending you added, it ruins the whole point of the story.”
“Without that ending, the story makes no sense.”
“You didn’t understand the story. You weren’t there. You didn’t know him like I did.”
“I’m making a literary judgment.”
“Your version, it’s all about power. The way I told it to you, it’s magnanimity, generosity of spirit.”
“I know what ‘magnanimity’ means.”
“Right. I know you do. I’m just—”
“The Pharisees would not have just left him alone after that. He’s got to dazzle them. Shut them up.”
“No, of course. Sure, they kept harassing him, but that’s not the point. He asks them which is harder to say, and they say, ‘Well, “Take up your mat and walk,” of course.’”
“Right, so he’s got to show them he has the power. All those other miracle stories—”
“No! You’re still missing the point.”
“Without the cripple walking, there is no point. That’s the kicker. It shows his authority.”
“Yeah, all it does is show his authority when you tell the story that way. Say I were to go tell people their sins are forgiven.”
“You also going to tell some no-leg beggar to get up and walk?”
“No, but what if I did? Would it happen?”
“No.”
“OK, I tell some cripple to get up and walk, and he can’t, you can see I got no power, right?”
“OK.”
“Yeah, so I tell him his sins are forgiven, can you tell if it doesn’t work?”
“No, but you don’t have that power.”
“Can you tell I don’t?”
“I believe you don’t. You do a miracle, then I’ll believe you.”
“You’re missing the whole point. Which problem is real, and which one is just words? Why deny people comfort more words can give them?”
“That guy needs healthy legs, or does he need words?”
“Words, I can give him.”
“Words.”

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