Bacause of the hectic nature of this week, I am posting this a little early. Have a blessed beginning to Lent, y’all.
I am once again going with the Gospel lesson this week, Mark 1:9-15. This first gospel lesson in Lent finds us exploring three very distinct scenes in Jesus’ ministry: his baptism, his temptation in the desert, and his beginning of proclamation of the “Kingdom at hand”.
Jesus himself proclaiming that the time was fulfilled, while his mission on earth was yet incomplete, reminds me of the idea of the “already, and not yet” time that we Christians find ourselves in today.
I think back to when I was pregnant with my children, especially my first child. Was I already a mother, though I had not yet seen my firstborn? I remember approaching those last days of my pregnancy, when I would do almost anything to speed up the process, yet I was quite apprehensive at the changes that would come to my life after he was born.
The writer of Mark’s gospel seems to speed things up to get to Jesus’ ministry. The temptation in the wilderness only gets two sentences! The way Jesus’ ministry is “announced” seems so abrupt, as if the author couldn’t wait to get to the good parts.
Will we have what it takes to get through these 40 days of waiting? How will we endure this time of already and not yet?
What are your preaching thoughts this week?
(Note to those not preaching this week: please participate! The more wisdom the better.)