Topic Sentence

Father Bob’s homily from Sunday…


3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time B

Well, it is Catholic Schools week and I thought we could celebrate it by going to school. Class, let’s get ready to really understand one phrase from this Gospel reading because it is the key phrase in the entire Gospel of Mark from which we will be hearing this year.  Mark is simply the unpacking of the very first words we hear Jesus speak in the Gospel.  Do you remember topic sentences?  Do they still teach that?  The topic sentence was to contain all the information conveyed in the paragraph. This is the topic sentence for the Gospel of Mark.  “This is the time of fulfillment.  The kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

Let’s break that down.  “This.”  The very first word is important.  It refers to a particular time and space.  What is going on is…

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