Scripture Reading Reflection


Scripture Reading Reflection
by Fr. Andrew Kelly
It is important to remember that the Gospels were written for people who already believed in and were attempting to live the good news about Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection. The Gospel writers simply wanted to deepen an already existing faith in Jesus Christ.
In Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 1:7-11), the writer is trying to engage the community into the excitement and challenge of the Jesus story. The writer presents a marvelous epiphany of the sky being ripped open and the voice of God declaring about Jesus: “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
The writer is proclaiming: “Listen and I will tell you the story of Jesus Christ as Son of God and Son of Man. I want you to reflect and ponder the Jesus story so you will never forget that God never abandoned Jesus and will never abandon you as you follow Jesus all the way to the self-emptying and self-surrendering tragic triumph of Jesus’ cross.”
Mark’s wonderful and revealing 2015 gift to the believing community is the reminder that in listening to the Jesus story, the community is also listening to its own faith story in Jesus Christ.
(Father Andrew Kelly is a retired priest of the Diocese of Davenport.)

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