Monday, January 11, 2010

Good Timing

Ordinary Time begins today, and (how fitting is this) the Gospel is the beginning of Jesus' public ministry. And he begins with the declaration that "This is the fullness of time: the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe!"
I found a whole page full of "Prophet of Doom" cartoons. You know, "Repent! The end is near!" None of them say a thing about the fullness of time. And yet Jesus' words imply that we need to repent not because of impending doom, but because without repentance, we won't be able to take in all the fullness that is bursting in our midst. Unrepentant, we are just too small.
If the "fullness of time" was inaugurated with the coming of Jesus (as Paul says it was) and "all fullness resides in him," then saying "the fullness of time," "the Kingdom of God" and "Jesus" are all the same message! It is still the fullness of time! Repent and believe!

1 comment:

Darlene said...

I was there too Sister Anne! I am a senior citizen and it was wonderful to see so many young people there! Young and old all standing together for life. One sign that stands out in my memory was being held by a young teenage girl and it said "We are the Pro-Life generation." The number of people there this year was staggering!! It was awesome being there to support "Life."