You know, when I hear this Sunday's Gospel, I can't help but wonder, “What was Jesus feeling?” And at this moment, at this moment in time in his life, “What was he experiencing?”
He's just spent forty days out in the desert, fasting. He's talked to the devil, face-to-face. And he comes back, and he knows that his life is changing. Jesus of Nazareth, the carpenter's son . . . the life he's lived for thirty years . . . that's done. That stage of life is over now. And he says, “Now is the time of fulfillment.” He's going into this time of ministry. And keep in mind, he knows where that's going to end. And if he needed a reminder, he's got John, right? His friend, his cousin, John, who's just been arrested simply for saying that Jesus was coming. And so, he's got this stark reminder of where his ministry is going to end up.
So what was he feeling at this time? Was he nervous? Was he excited? Was he afraid?
This week in BEST LENT EVER, Matthew's really going to talk about just kind of getting our bearings: Where are we? Where are we now? Where have we come from? And where are we going? And I think this Gospel reminds us to take some time to get our bearings.
You know, Jesus says, “This is the time of fulfillment.” Not forty days ago; not the thirty years previous. Now is his time of fulfillment. I think he wants us to have that present-moment awareness.
So now is the time. Now is the time. Where did we come from? Where are we now?
And where are we going?
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God’s timing is perfect.
Read today’s Gospel (Mark 1:12–15), and reflect on what God is saying to you at this time in your life.
Jesus, help me to live your words, “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
"Best Lent Ever", Dominick Albano