January 20, 2018

3rd Sunday - B (January 21, 2018)

This is the Time of Fulfillment

Earlier in the same Chapter 1, Mark summarized the mission and message of John the Baptist.  “John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” (1:10)

Now, exactly ten verses later, we learned that John had been arrested.

Guess what Jesus does now.  He arrives on the scene and continues exactly what John had prepared the people for.  He calls people to “Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Jesus also gives the reason for his mission and his message.  “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand.”

We are now living in this time of fulfillment.  We are living in God’s kingdom. 

Like John, Jesus gave his life for this mission.  He gave his life so that we might live in God’s kingdom

How do I treat his message?  Do I appreciate the gift of being in God’s kingdom that Jesus gave me by his death and resurrection?

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