Sunday, December 10, 2017

Starting Over

Today we begin our reading of the Gospel of Mark, the shortest and, some would argue, the oldest of the gospels. 
He opens quote the prophets, “Behold, I send my messenger ahead of you...”
Messenger in Greek is “angelos”, from which we get the word angel.  In fact, the word is used in two ways. 
Yes, we do believe in the spiritual beings we call angels and they are in fact messengers. But we also believe that humans can serve as angels/messengers in the second sense of the word. 
As Christians, we are all called to be angels in that sense. We are called to be the messengers who go before the Lord’s second coming.  
Being angels does not simply mean we buy Christmas presents for poor children once a year. Being angels in this sense is meant to be a way of life, 24/7/365. That is the great struggle.
Last week we began not only Advent, but we began a new liturgical year. Perhaps as we start this new liturgical year, we can begin where St. Mark begins. We can focus on becoming the angels/messengers of the gospel that we are meant to be.