Tuesday, January 2, 2018

baptism of our lord year b - mark

Mark 1:4-11
4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness,
     proclaiming a baptism of repentance
          for the forgiveness of sins. 
     5And people from the whole Judean countryside
     and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him,
          and were baptized by him in the river Jordan,
               confessing their sins.
6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair,
     with a leather belt around his waist,
     and he ate locusts and wild honey. 
7John 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. 
          8I have baptized you with water;
               but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee
     and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 
     10And just as Jesus was coming up out of the water,
          he saw the heavens torn apart
               and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.
                    11And a voice came from heaven,
                         “You are my Child, the Beloved;
                              with you I am well pleased.”

Queeries for the text:
Is John The BaptizerTM a superhero?
What kind of leather belt is John wearing?
What does camel's hair feel like?
Did Jesus actually baptize anyone?
What does it look like when the heavens are torn apart?
Are dive-bombing pigeons really the best image for the Holy Spirit?
What if the Voice was higher pitched and light and airy like the wind?

What are your queeries?

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