Last week we observed how the Gospel readings for these two Sundays form one single unit and describe a typical day in the life of Jesus as he begins to carry out his public ministry. This typical day was a very busy one beginning with teaching in the Synagogue and then casting out unclean spirits.
We are still in the first chapter of St Mark’s Gospel. So far, he has introduced John the Baptist and told us about the Baptism of Jesus and described how Jesus called his disciples. Now Mark begins to tell us about Christ’s public ministry and he does this by giving us the example of a typical day. We have the first half of that typical day as our Gospel text today and we get the other half next Sunday.
There are two very interesting words used in today’s Gospel reading: ‘time’ and ‘repent’ I think it would be interesting if we took a bit of a look at them. In Greek these two words are kairos and metanoia. Kairos meaning time; and metanoia which means conversion or repentance.
There is an interesting little parallelism which occurs in the Gospel passage today. The text says that when Jesus passed by John the Baptist ‘looked hard at him’ and said, ‘Look, there is the Lamb of God.’ Then later on Jesus ‘looked hard at Peter’ and said, ‘You are to be called Cephas, meaning rock.’
Father Alex McAllister SDS
Parish Priest of
St Thomas à Becket