Sunday, March 05, 2006

Mk 1:15

“This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

In the first reading today, we hear the very popular story of Noah's ark. Noah's ark was one of the many covenants God made with His people. He drowned off the unrepentant sinful and promised not to flood the earth again and to give another chance exclusively to Noah.

Noah's ark was one of the metaphors for the Church that would come from Christ. It was a safe-haven for all who genuinely desired to be in friendship with God, on His terms and not ours, crashing against the stormy waters of this world. God desired that all of humanity be in it and be kept safe, but would still deal His justice despite it.

In the epistle of Peter's today, we hear about the role of the sacrament of initiation, Baptism, and it’s role in developing ourselves to the new covenant that is at hand. Because all of the old covenants came, went, were renewed, and then replaced. But today there is the new covenant, the covenant in Christ’s blood is the new and everlasting covenant. The old testament was the time of waiting for the Messiah, but the has Messiah come. The kingdom of God is at hand. The words of the prophets have been fulfilled. This is a time of fulfillment. It is time to be safe in the ark and in order to do that, show our repentance and live according to Christ. Repent, and believe in the gospel.