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“Our appointment with life is in the present moment. – Thich Nhat Hanh


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Mark 1:14-15

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.”


This marks the start of Jesus’s ministry in the Gospel of Mark.

John the Baptist had just been arrested.

That’s when Jesus steps forward.

Today’s passage says that he proclaims the gospel of God.

And just what is this good news of God?

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

Now…now is the time of fulfillment.

All that you need is present right now.

Because the kingdom of God, or perhaps in today’s language, the realm of love and total acceptance, is here.

Repent means to turn around.

You don’t need to look for this realm of love and total acceptance because it’s here.

In this moment.

Breathe d e e p l y — then s l o w l y e x h a l e.

Do it right now.

The Love that made you is sustaining you.

This Abiding Compassion is in you and around you.

My friend, that is the gospel.

That is the good news.

Believe it!


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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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