January 21, 2018 - Third Sunday after Epiphany 

Epiphany means “a showing forth.”  The Epiphany season emphasizes how God revealed Himself to the world through Christ. In the church it is also a time when our congregational and individual witness is emphasized. 

The Point of this Week’s Readings

The Old Testament and the Gospel are all about God calling flawed and sinful men to be His messengers of His Good News.

Psalm 62 is about the certainty of trust we can have in the Lord.  The words “rock” and “fortress” are found in this psalm.  They almost always are employed to describe God in His full might. 

The Old Testament lesson (Jonah 3:1-5, 10) God calls Jonah a second time. He is to preach repentance to the people of Nineveh. This time Jonah goes. The citizens of Nineveh are penitent and God does not destroy them.

The Epistle (1 Corinthians 7:29-35) has Paul teaching the Corinthians another lesson.  This message was about the time until eternity being short.  Therefore they were not to have anything in their lives pre-occupy their attention.

In the Gospel (Mark 1:14-20) Jesus calls two sets of fishermen brothers to be His disciples. He tells them the time to repent and believe the good news at hand.  They are to join Him in spreading the Gospel and bring others into the Kingdom of God.

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