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The Ark, the Mass, and Re-Ordering the World

February 22, 2015

As Lent commences, the pews will be filled with people escaping the chaos of the modern world and finding a place of peace and order within the ship-like safety of the Church. In today’s readings, we hear the peculiar story of Noah in the book of Genesis, a story that actually correlates with the Mass. We find in the ark a remnant of God’s right order as he remakes the world through the purifying waters of the flood. We, too, are called to preserve the life of the world within the symbolic “ark” of the Church, but only to let that life out for the good of the World.

Reading 1 – Genesis 9:8-15
Psalm – Psalm 25:4-9
Reading 2 – 1 Peter 3:18-22
Gospel – Mark 1:12-15