The beginning of the good news

Daily reading: Mark 1:1-20
Sunday January 10, 2o16

Focus passage: John was in the wilderness calling for people to be baptized to show that they were changing their hearts and lives and wanted God to forgive their sins. Mark 1:4

The gospel writer Mark defines the entirety of Jesus’ life as the gospel, (also referred to as the good news).  It begins with John the Baptist calling for people to repent and receive forgiveness for their sins.  This is an amazing gift.  As followers of Christ we understand that the good news embodies forgiveness.

It is highlighted as the beginning point of our faith journey.  The first thing we receive is the good news that our past mistakes that weigh us down can be lifted and taken away.  Forgiveness is a key ingredient in Christian community, because we all fall short.  We all hurt one another in word and deed, but we are given the gift of letting go so that we can move forward, so we can offer one another, a fresh start.

Are there people in your life that need to hear an apology?  Are there people in your life that you need to forgive?  

Take time today to do a breath prayer, breathing in say “I am” and breathing out “a forgiven child of God.”

Prayer: God help me to realize your presence in my life.  May I respond by setting myself on the path to follow you.  Amen.


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