... after John was arrested, Jesus went ...
Mark 1:14 (New Living Translation)
Continuing Mumford, The City in History, and The Constitutions of the Capuchin Friars Minor, plus America and National Catholic Reporter and anything else the Spirit brings my way for my edification.
Morning prayer and Mass in the back chapel, where we will remain for common prayer until the end of the month. Heard the shortest sermon ever this morning, all of six words: Repent, and believe in the Gospel. Much more could and ought to be said on how Jesus meant that, but indeed, what more can be said?
Resuming our class sessions with Bro. Jack Rathschmidt on the Capuchin Constitutions, proceeding chapter by chapter through the document. He will present the first two chapters, and the small groups of novices will present the subsequent chapters.
This afternoon, taking down the Christmas trees and decorations inside and the nativity scene outside the main chapel. It is ordinary time once more, when we observe the mystery of Christ in its totality as opposed to any one particular aspect. Advent and Christmas are for the mystery of the Incarnation; Lent and Easter for the Passion, Crucifixion, and Resurrection. Ordinary time is for all of these mysteries, including the luminous mysteries of Jesus' earthly ministry, which over the years has become paramount for me.
This evening, resuming rehearsals with the schola, then communal recreation.
Fending off the chill, mostly with success.