December 6, 2014

2nd Sunday of Advent - B

Mark 1: 1 – 8

The Beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

By the opening line of his Gospel, Mark already tells us what he is writing about, “The Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.”

And this Gospel is based on the testimonies of God, spoken through the prophets in Sacred Scriptures, and of John the Baptist.  [1]

That is just the beginning. [2]

The Good News will unfold in the life of Jesus.

And it will continue because the eternal Word of God never ends.

The Good News of Jesus is also proclaimed continuously through the witness of the lives of all those who are called to point out Jesus to others – that is all of us. 

It is important to note that it is the Gospel of Jesus, not ours, that we are called to proclaim and to testify to.  And like John, the authenticity of our lives is the most convincing testimony of the Gospel.

[1] Frank Moloney, This is the Gospel of the Lord: Reflections of the Gospel Readings, Year B. Homebush, NSW, Australia: St. Paul Publications, 1993; p. 68.
[2] John Petty, “Lectionary Blogging,”

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