Mark's gospel is often referred to as the Kingdom gospel, because it flows from the initial Kingdom proclamation, found in today's reading of Jesus going to
Mark wastes no time in pointing out the implications of the public mission of Jesus in
This gospel invites to some fascinating reflection. To be honest, we are painfully aware that, though 2000 years have passed, we have not yet seen the fulfillment of God's literal promises. Some have stopped searching for the meaning and given up their faith in God. The rest of us may consider the solution to this dilemma to be the recognition that the fulfillment envisioned by Jesus is constantly being offered to each of us. It is a "rolling" fulfillment that each person must discover in his or her own lifetime. Jesus has come, but he is also still coming, and each one of us must ask whether he is being welcomed. Fulfillment is offered; it is never imposed. To live in the expectation of fulfillment is to live in the bittersweet world of promise. What we hope for is still awaited, and that may be painful. But we also live in joyful expectation of what will be, and that is comforting beyond words. We may be struggling in a dark valley, but the horizon is illuminated by God's trustworthy promise.
Interesting to note that Jesus called his first disciples from their workplaces, reminding us that there is a purpose in life beyond work. This larger purpose is found in our response to God's call to walk with him. This means taking time for prayer and gradually getting to know the Lord as the very center of our lives. Coming to understand that it is in Him that the value of our work and the precious gift of other people will be found… again and again…unto eternity.
A complete text of the readings at: http://www.usccb.org/nab/readings/012509.shtml
In the news, the Church meets Web 2.0: The Vatican launched this week its channel at : http://www.youtube.com/vatican
With God’s Love and Blessings,