The basics

5 Sep

Good Morning,

One of the things I like about Mark’s gospel is the straightforwardness.  This is his record of the baptism of Jesus; 3 verses, that’s it.    John is the baptizer, Jesus is the one being baptized, but it is the Spirit of God that is driving force of the experience.  I think that is the truth of every moment of our lives.  God’s presence is in each moment of our lives.  The Divine experiences our moments with us; whether they are easy or difficult, whether they feel like a blessing or a curse.  God is there with us, offering us the peace and grace; hope and healing; even in the most difficult of time, especially in the most difficult of times.

The moment recorded in Mark is a wonderful one.

9-11 At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.”

This is consider the beginning of Jesus public ministry.  God’s affirmation sounds like any loving parent.  I believe that God’s spirit had been felt in Jesus throughout his life, this begins the “work” he has to do in the communities around him.  It is thought is was about 30 years old.

To begin his work, Jesus took an extended time of prayer in the wildness, struggled with the power of evil, finding comfort with animals and angles.  All the time, God’s presence guiding him.

12-13 At once, this same Spirit pushed Jesus out into the wild. For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by Satan. Wild animals were his companions, and angels took care of him.

On this Labor Day, consider the work you have to do in this world.  Do you take time of prayer before you begin your work each day.  Do you feel God’s presence and blessings in the midst of your work?  You are invited to continue the work of Jesus in our world.  It is so very needed.

Here are my sons, maybe not chosen ones, but loved all the same.



Blessings and peace,



One Response to “The basics”

  1. Phyllis Terwilliger September 6, 2016 at 1:47 am #

    Thanks for including a wonderful photo of your sons!!

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