Being human is good

But Jesus, fully God, is fully human as well

Mark 1:1 This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God … John [the Baptist] baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my beloved Son, and you bring me great joy.”

Hebrews 4:15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do.

2 Peter 1:2-3 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.

During these seven weeks of Epiphany, I want to look at the question, “Who is this man?” from the perspective of the Gospel of Mark. Mark isn’t part of our lectionary readings this year, but I’ve written a lot in the past from Matthew, Luke, and John and have neglected Mark.

Since I’m on vacation, I invite you to listen to Kevin Antlitz’s New Year’s sermon, “What Christmas teaches us about being human.” Our problem is not that we’re human; it’s that we’re not human enough, as Jesus was. Kevin cites St. Gregory: “What Jesus does not assume [we could use the word “incarnate” here], he does not heal.”

Happy listening!!

This is the irrational season

When love blooms bright and wild.

Had Mary been filled with reason

There’d have been no room for the child.

—Madeleine L’Engle

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