Christmas ended over 6 weeks ago. Lent starts in a little over 2 weeks. We are in Epiphany, the season of the Church Year in which we journey with Jesus through the 3 years of public ministry He had on the earth. (Some traditions call this “Ordinary Time”.)
It’s interesting to note the different phases or seasons of ministry that Jesus had.
Phase 1 was the start-up: He shows up on the scene and starts to get noticed (Baptism, early miracles, calling the disciples, etc.). Fairly quickly He moves into the popularity phase: crowds gather to be healed and to listen, and no doubt today George Stroumboulopoulos would have wanted to interview Him. His family thought He was nuts (Mark 3:20-21) and out-of-control (“Joseph, you should have kept Him building benches in your carpentry shop!”) but everyone else liked Him.