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After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Father Michael Chuah in his homily for today picks up two Greek words for time, chronos and kairos, in relation to today’s Gospel reading, Mark 1 :14-20. Our Lord, according to the Scriptures, was of course very much more concerned with kairos, a supremely propitious and manifesting point or period of time, as Father Chuah further explains:
If Kairos is the moment of decision, the moment of action, the moment of change, what is that decision, or action or change that must be undertaken? The words that follow immediately after the announcement of kairos time sets out the path we must follow, “Repent, and believe the Good News.” Pope Paul VI observed: “These words constitute, in a way, a compendium of the whole Christian life.” They are the sum and substance of being Christian. This is the Gospel in a nutshell. To repent and believe the good news is nothing less than a spiritual paradigm shift, a spiritual revolution. It is the divine turning point, God turns to man in a way that was unprecedented and never anticipated, inviting man to turn to God in the most radical of ways. The Greek word “metanoia” expresses this reality.
Please read the rest of Father Chuah’s fine homily for today here