1:14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’

Quentin Massys Christ Presented to the People

In the midst of horror, darkness and injustice “the good news of God” is proclaimed.

What “good news” can there possibly be in a world in which the innocent voice of truth and righteousness is arrested and silenced by the power of darkness and death?

It is a curious message Jesus is said to have brought –

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near.

The “time is fulfilled” means that everything I need in order to walk the journey in the wilderness is present with me just as I am, right here, right now, no matter how much I may be struggling. The reality I need to see is that “the kingdom” (the rule, the power) of Love is close at hand. I need only to put down my determination to defeat the wilderness and allow my heart to open to the Presence of that Love that is with me even in the dark and difficult places.

This is what it means to “repent”. When I “repent” I reorient my life to the truth. I reaffirm my focus on the fact that there is always “good news”. The only question is whether I am listening.


Where do I see “good news”? What helps me to see this news and guide my life by the truth of God’s Presence that it announces?