Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Gospel reading.
Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17
13Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14John would have prevented Jesus, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
Jesus answered John, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this
way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
when Jesus had been baptized, just as Jesus came up from the water,
suddenly the heavens were opened to him and Jesus saw the Spirit of God
descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Child, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
Queeries for the text:
What did we skip?
How far away is Galilee from the Jordan?
What else would we prevent?
Why does is consent important? Why does John's consent matter?
What do the heavens look like when they're opened?
Why is God already well pleased with Jesus?
What has Jesus done so far to earn God's love?
What does it look like for pigeons to alight on someone?
What are your queeries?