February 21, 2021
First Sunday of Lent
Something New
The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.
Mark 1:15

What if this was your last Lent? Each year, for some people it is their last Lenten season. I could be one and so could you.

It’s not meant to be a morbid thought. Rather, it ought to bring our life into sharper focus. Just this past Wednesday, we recalled just how fleeting this earthly journey is: “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Today we hear words that accompanied our ashes: “Repent, and believe in the gospel.” It is the very core of Jesus’ mission.

After the Flood in Genesis, God enters a new covenant with Noah and all creation. God started something new. St. Peter’s letter recalls the new birth of Baptism; we are made clean through the suffering of Christ “that he might lead you to God” (verse 18). Through baptism, death and resurrection, God is making us new. Jesus is still proclaiming the kingdom of God—doing something new in us, this day, this season.

Will I let God do something new in me today?

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Genesis 9:8-15 • Psalm 25:4-9 1 Peter 3:18-22 • Mark 1:12-15
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