January 13, 2003
1st Week in Ordinary
Reading: Heb 1:1-6
Gospel: Mk 1:14-20
John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee and began preaching the Good
News of God. He said, "The time has come; the kingdom of God is
at hand. Change your ways and believe the Good News."
Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and
his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake, for they were fishermen.
And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fish for
people." At once, they left their nets and followed him. Jesus
went a little farther on and saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee;
they were in their boat mending their nets. Immediately, Jesus called
them and they followed him, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat
with the hired men.
explodes onto the scene in Mark's Gospel with the promise of newness.
It was not the announcement of God's kingly rule that was new. After
all, the symbol of "the kingdom of God" did not originate
with Jesus. Israel had longed for centuries for that decisive saving
intervention into history by God. What was new with Jesus was that,
while he believed the fullness of that Kingdom was still to come, he
also was convinced that in him and through his words and deeds, God
was already breaking through into this tired, suffering world with the
divine forces of healing and liberation. "This is the time of fulfillment."
The Kingdom, dreamed about for ages, had come. Do we dare to believe
this Good News?
from Bible Diary
2003 and Daily Gospel 2003
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