Jonah’s Call

A Sermon by Pastor Chico Martin

Third Sunday of Epiphany

January 21 2018

Jonah 3:1-10; Mark 1:14-20


Epiphany, the season of appearances, began two weeks ago, when Three Wise Kings following a star from Persia arrived at a manger in Bethlehem with gifts for the new born God-Man.  The Divine Child appeared to the Chaldeans as the Spirit would appear to him, 29 years later, when John the Baptist immersed the adult Son of Man in the River Jordon.  The Magi had been led by a star to the Christ Child; the Son of Man would be led by the Spirit into the desert.  Each of us must make an analogous journey, from our birth-place to the wilderness; alone in the desert, each of us, guarded by solicitous angels, must have our mettle tested, before we can resume the company of persons and the responsibilities of cities. In this way, we undertake the process of theosis, the sanctification that perfects our love and its expressions.  For a follower of Jesus, this process – our spiritual life – begins, but does not end, with baptism.   Continue reading