“Mark inaugurates his Gospel with this line: “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”
Every word here matters, but especially the first one.
It is a word fraught with significance for biblical people. Arche, in Mark’s Greek, is a translation of Bereshith, the opening word of the Bible. We translate it as, “In the beginning.”
Arche means that a new creation, some new and unheard of order is emerging out of chaos. John uses the same word about twenty years later when he starts his Gospel with En arche: “In the beginning was the Word.”
Everything Mark is about to tell in his story is about drawing new order out of chaos, about starting over, about a second chance and a new creation.
How and where does that new beginning commence?
With the birth of a baby, in a small, forgotten outpost of the Roman Empire.”
Fr. Robert Barron
Well put Father.
It can be difficult to overcome some of the “chaos” that has come to be associated with this time of year.
It will be a challenge, but maintaining perspective is important.
Especially with all the festivity “about” the nativity.
So in light of the season, and in anticipation of a new beginning, perhaps it is best to pull back a little.
To separate yourself from some of the chaos.
Find a way to loosen the grip, “let go”, and listen.
Because if you can.
And you do.
You will feel order.
You will hear.
And then, you will definitely want to find out where it can lead you.