Today’s Gospel, Mark 1:12-15, is a sort of segue between our Lord’s baptism and recruitment of brothers Simon and Andrew, then James son of Zebedee and John.

All four were in the fishing industry, and that’s another topic.

Mark summarizes Jesus the Nazarene’s 40-day fast in 33 words. That’s 33 words in my native language, English. In a particular translation of Sacred Scripture.

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