A Not So Ordinary Time – Reflection for 3 Jun 2018
Last week on Trinity Sunday, we looked at the character of our parish as submitted to the authority of Scripture, formed by liturgy and Sacrament, and joined together on a Sacred journey. We described the sacred journey as living from inside out, living from our identity as beloved children of God and allowing that identity to shape our choices and our view of our circumstances.
This week as we begin the liturgical season known as “Ordinary Time,” we will work through the Gospel of Mark for the next twenty-six weeks. Mark begins his Gospel with the declaration, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” One way that we can look at his shortest of the gospel accounts is by seeing the way in which Mark develops the disciples understanding first of Jesus as the Christ and then the understanding of Jesus as the Son of God. In the first section, Jesus is presented as teacher, prophet, then messiah culminating in the chapter 8 as Peter declares, “You are the Christ.” The second half of the gospel is devoted to understanding what it means for the messiah to be the Son of God. Jesus presents himself as Son of Man, Son of David, and finally it is the centurion at the foot of the cross not the disciples who recognizes that, “Truly this man was the Son of God.”
We begin our walk through Mark today as Jesus reinterprets the Pharisaic notion of what it meant to live under the authority of Scripture. As we progress through this season in which the church turns towards spiritual growth, will you allow Jesus to interpret or reinterpret what it means for you to live submitted to the authority of Scripture? As the disciples discover more about Jesus as his identity as the Son of God is revealed to them, will you also allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to you your identity as a beloved child of God? As we encounter truths about Jesus, Scripture, and ourselves, will you allow these truths to lead you deeper into the sacramental life of the church through which we are nourished and transformed?
My prayer for each of you is that this season of “Ordinary Time” is anything but ordinary!