Some thoughts for 2013
This is worth revisiting as we consider the year ahead and God’s call on our lives as Christians…
Readings: Jonah 3:1-5 and Mark 1:14-20
The Gospel of Mark is like a freight train flying through the country on a long straight track. It seems to be in an awful hurry in its account of events.
There is no nice story of angels announcing things to barren or untouched maidens. No census and journey to Bethlehem. No shepherds washing their socks by night all seated by the tub. (You know that ancient version of the carol – a bar of sunlight soap came down and they began to scrub. It’s the English soap makers’ carol from the west coast. Lever brothers’ version!).
There is a divine urgency and the power of the short story writer who doesn’t spend 20 pages telling you about the setting of events and the deepest thoughts of the characters like Charles Dickens.
It’s Mark’s gospel. It’s shorter. And it is fast moving –…
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