Devotion for Baptism of our Lord Sunday, January 11, 2009

Paolo Veronese 1528 – 1588
Paolo Veronese 1528 – 1588

Many of the most vivid stories in Scripture depend on interpretation.  They are as exciting and dramatic (or as mundane and boring) as whatever we, the readers, bring to them.  I think that makes a great case for reading Scripture often, lest we hear it only in our Sunday morning drowsiness….

As I read Mark 1:11, “And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased,” I hear a promise.  No agenda, no list of priorities to tackle.  The mandate for Jesus, if you will, is a promise grounded in unconditional love and an unshakeable identity. 

Who knows what Jesus understood in that voice speaking to him that day by the Jordan? 

Did it matter if any one else heard it and knew what was happening? 

Oh, and I do have one final question for this week:  what good is an epiphany if it is never acted on, never shared?

Prayer

Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.*   Amen.

*music and lyrics by William R. Hamilton

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