Old Testament: Jonah 3:1-5; 10
Epistle: 1 Cor. 7:29-31
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20
Third Sunday After the Epiphany
Theme for Today’s Liturgy
“Repent and believe in the Gospel!” These are the first words of Jesus recorded by St. Mark, and they announce that the reign and rule of God has drawn near and is now at hand (Gospel). “Repent and believe” is the most basic statement concerning the Christian faith. The Holy Spirit works through the means of grace, Word and Sacrament, to create and sustain this faith in the lives of His people. The people of Nineveh heard this Word from the prophet Jonah and believed, and turned from their sins to the mercy of the Father (Old Testament). Like them, in repentance we ask God to look with mercy upon us (Collect) and to grant “peace and heavenly rest” to all, especially the weak and doubting heart (Hymn of the Day).