O Jesus, awaken me. Your Kingdom is at hand.
(Picture John preaching at the Jordan.)
Mark has no Christmas stories (as does Matthew and Luke). He has no Prologue, as does John. He begins his gospel with John the Baptist as his opening preacher. However, before introducing John, Mark reveals the secret that Jesus is the Son of God.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- The gospel does not mean the gospel books. It means the powerful, saving actions of Jesus’ preaching, death and rising.
- Mark keeps no one in suspense. His first sentence proclaims Jesus as the Son of God.
- John is not the Messiah. He is the messenger, the angel of the Lord.
- He is the voice, not the Word. He will move quickly off the scene. Jesus, the Word, will abide.
- He cries out in a desert (the solitude needed to hear God speak).
- All go out to him. To hear his word, they must make a difficult journey.
- He delivers a clear message. Someone coming after him is stronger and will baptize in the Holy Spirit.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, let me experience the saving power of your gospel.
- John’s voice leads me to you.
- You are the Son of God, and King of my life.
- Lead me, Jesus, into the desert of solitude, where all other voices are silent.
- I will seek you out. I will go wherever you are.
- Baptize me in your Holy Spirit. Pour out your divine fire. This is why you have come.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will seek some moments of solitude
+ I will ask Jesus to baptize me in his Spirit.