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‘The Time has Come’

‘The Time has Come’

Jesus makes his entrance into St Mark’s Gospel with an amazing offer and a compelling call :

‘The time has come.  The Kingdom of God is close at hand.  Repent, and believe the Good News’ (Mk 1:14-15).

Let’s reflect on those statements in reverse order.

 ‘Repent, and believe the Good News.’

Jesus does not try to form his will-be followers all at once but is content with simply asking them to make a start.  Repentance, then, is the first step, and one which is not true if it is not joined with a determination to mend ones ways.  Turning away from sin is a life-long struggle, but we are not without help, because we have the mercy and grace of God always available to us in the sacrament of reconciliation.

A true belief in the Good News means responding generously to whatever it means for us, now, in our lives.  Each time we read or listen to the Gospel, we should ask ‘what does it mean for me to believe this Good News?  How is God calling me to respond?’  It can be hard to trust that God will not ask of us something that is too difficult.  However, the God who made us (and knows us better than we know ourselves) knows what is good for us and will not ask for more than we can give.

‘The Kingdom of God is close at hand’

…it is if we co-operate with God’s will.  Otherwise, we can let it slip through our fingers as we miss those grace-filled opportunities to make him known, loved and glorified.  We need to ensure that we are aware of the proximity of his Kingdom every day and pray for the grace to do what we can to make ‘Thy Kingdom come’.

 ‘The time has come’

The time has come for what?  For repentance, primarily.  It is so easy to avoid our daily examination of conscience and so easy to come less frequently than is good for us to the sacrament of reconciliation.

The time has come for us to respond generously to whatever God is asking of us, confident that he will supply us with the requisite grace, strength and courage and that he will not ask of us more than we can give.

God will never be outdone in generosity.  The time has come – why wait?

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