‘And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee’. This tiny phrase, ‘at once’, or the single word ‘immediately’ are characteristic of the fast pace of St Mark’s Gospel. Today’s quotation comes from the very end of the Gospel reading. The Word of God, Jesus the Christ, is moving through His work of healing and redemption with purpose and direction, and the ripples move outwards, so that people become aware, and are drawn to Him, to bring their needs to Him.

May we do the same, in trust and reverence, knowing in Whom we have believed, and may God bless you this day.