Mark's gospel is often referred to as the Kingdom gospel, because it flows from the initial Kingdom proclamation found in today's reading.
We, like the listeners in Galilee, are invited to reform and believe. Immediately following this invitation, we have two examples of what the invitation requires.
The first fishermen immediately abandon their nets, and the sons of Zebedee not only abandon their nets, they also abandon their father.
Neither our possessions nor our families must stand in the way of our following the path that will be set forth in the remainder of Mark's gospel.
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We can go to Ireland for the summer, a mother and father announced to their children at this time of the year not so long ago. The response was underwhelming. The older teen said the Irish are creepy people, they talk all the time and they talk funny. Besides I want to spend summer with my friends, they’re a lot neater than Irish kids. It’s a great offer, the parents said. All the kids are free both on planes and in the cottage we’ll rent in Ireland. Cottage said the younger teen. I don’t want to live in any cottage. Is it air-conditioned in Ireland? Besides I have early football practice.
You don’t need air conditioning in Ireland, said the parents and cottage is really a nice house and theirs a town near by where they sing all the old Irish songs. I don’t want to sing Irish songs, said the older grammar school kid. I want to hear rock and roll music (which, by the way is all you hear in Ireland these days too).
You’ll have a grand time when you get to know Irish kids your age. I don’t want to meet any Irish kids my age said the younger. I like my friends in America. They’re a lot more fun. A crazy waste of opportunity, you say?
How many opportunities have we wasted in life for reason that are pretty similar.
Psalm 32:1-2,5,7,111 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"; then you forgave the guilt of my sin.
6 Therefore let every one who is godly offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.
7 You are a hiding place for me, you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with deliverance.
Gospel Mk 1:21-28Then they came to Capernaum,
and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said,
“Quiet! Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
“What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.
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