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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (Jonah 3:1-5, 10)
Yahweh comes to Jonah again, sending him to the great foreign city of Nineveh to warn its inhabitants of impending judgment. He does so and they sincerely repent, causing God to spare them.
The Psalmist puts his hope in God alone, the rock upon whom he rests for salvation and refuge. Other humans are of no help and riches, ill-gotten or not, provide false confidence. Only God has the power to make things right.
Second Reading (1 Corinthians 7:29-31)
Because God’s future is fast arriving, says St. Paul to the Christians at Corinth, they should live accordingly. All their normal relationships, losses, successes, all their buying and selling, should not distract them from the urgency of the times.
Gospel (Mark 1:14-20)
Jesus begins his public ministry with the announcement that the long-awaited time has arrived, issuing a call to repent and believe the good news that the kingdom of God is near. Simon, James and John respond immediately to his invitation to follow him.
- The call to repentance is an expression of God’s mercy entrusted to his servants
- The call to follow Jesus interrupts our patterns of living
- The urgency of the Gospel resets our priorities
- There is nothing more important than being in relationship with God and in tune with his activity