Thursday, May 2, 2019
Message from Kelly
When was the last time you had news you needed to share “immediately”?
Today at the 11 am Eucharist, we hear the scriptures for the Feast of St. Mark (patron saint, of course, of our Ashland church). And it’s somewhat ironic that we’ve had to wait to do that. The Feast of St. Mark, April 25, fell in Easter Week this year, and so was transferred to Monday, April 29...and here we are, already at Thursday, May 2.
The irony in our delay in remembering Mark is that his Gospel is shot through with urgency and immediacy. Mark’s Gospel opens by getting right to the point: “The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”
It wastes no time setting the story in motion: “In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’ And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.”
And Jesus’s first message in Mark’s Gospel? The time is now, and the place is here: “Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’”
Mark’s Gospel gets to all that within its first 15 verses!
When was the last time you had Good News and needed to share it “immediately”? I invite you to celebrate St. Mark and the gift of that Gospel by picking it up, and diving headlong into “the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”