Mark 1:7-11 Reflection ~
Have you worked in a soup kitchen where you served food, gave out hats and scarves for the cold, or perhaps humbly poured milk into their coffee because you truly wanted to? If so, then you have a vague idea of how John feels preparing the way in his heart and ours for God to enter. Jesus Baptizes and cleans you with His life-giving water and the Holy Spirit. Like Jesus, you are a son or daughter of God, pleasing Trinity with an open heart, being present, and being and doing for others.
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Mark 1:7-11 – Scripture*
7 He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
The Baptism of Jesus
9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel and reading this Lectio Divina on Mark 1:7-11 Reflection – You are a Son or Daughter of God.
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
*This site has permission to use the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) Bible Mark 1 passage.