Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Why is the absolute failure of the disciples good news? ("Gospel" and "Good News" translate the same Greek word.) The great Scripture scholar, Father Raymond Brown, says, "The mystery of Mark's Gospel is that God succeeds and accomplishes his purpose amidst human failure." Throughout Mark's story about Jesus, his disciples just don't get it, yet Jesus does what he came to do because he loves them and us.
It is truly Good News that God doesn't count on us. Too often we see "Gospel" as requiring a lot of effort on our part. It's Good News because it doesn't set limits to our lives; it expands them. Jesus is the one who does the work. The Gospel is not about being good or bad. It's about being loved.
(Click on the picture to count just a small number of the geese that arrived.)