Preparing for Good News

November 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Many times, the beginning of a story tells you what to expect from the rest of the story.  The Gospel of Mark starts with “the beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1).  According to Mark, this is the first thing we should know about Jesus.  He is the euangelizō, the Good News.  He will continue what we already know about God, namely that in the midst of devastation and despair, of hopelessness and anxiety, God shows up with the good news of newness.  It is not accidental that this proclamation of the Good News at the beginning of Mark’s Gospel is situated in the wilderness where the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to meet John the Baptist (1:5).  Karoline Lewis writes about this verse, “The opening of Mark’s Gospel reminds us of the decentering of God’s good news which is found on the edge…of everything. Goes beyond the boundaries of where we thought God was supposed to be. We find ourselves not in the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem but outside of her city walls, in the margins, on the sidelines. The good news of God brings hope to those who find themselves in the peripheries of our world, but it also belongs there. God’s good news of grace announces God’s presence on the fringe, God’s love that goes beyond the boundaries of where we thought God was supposed to be, and God’s promise that there is no place on earth God will not go or be for us.” During this Advent, we are preparing ourselves for this Good News about our own lives, but also prepare the way for others to hear this Good News.

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