Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Third Sunday after the Epiphany: January 25, 2015

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Third Sunday after the Epiphany: January 25, 2015

Article excerpt

Jonah 3:1-5, 10

Psalm 62:5-12

1 Corinthians 7:29-31

Mark 1:14-20

First Reading

As we are still early here in Lectionary Year B, the year of Mark, it might be helpful to have a few Markan reminders. Immediately, I want to remind you of Mark's fast pace. Mark uses the word immediately (euthus) thirty-nine times in his sixteen short chapters. Two of those happen within this short reading today. Jesus calls Simon and Andrew and they immediately drop their nets and follow. Then Jesus sees James and John mending nets and he immediately calls them. Everything in Mark happens immediately, it seems. The world is moving quickly and there is much to be done.

Another Markan theme present in this early reading is of Jesus' fundamental message. In Mark, Jesus comes to proclaim that the kingdom of God has come near. That kingdom of God is present in Jesus himself and comes to be present in the community of followers. Just as with the story-telling, there is urgency to this proclamation. The kingdom of God has come near. The time is fulfilled. There is still time to repent and to believe in the good news. There is still time, but it is moving quickly. The time is now.

Pastoral Reflection

A common complaint about "modern life" is that it moves too fast. There is no time to sit and just be. With email and texting and Twitter and all, conversation and communication move quickly. …

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