“Karumba Rope” showing the many connections that make the rope strong – threads binding with threads into yarns binding with yarns into rope capable of doing whatever is asked of it. ©Graham Vawser, Photograph
When Jesus was baptised by John (Mark 1:4-11), God said, ‘You are my own loved son’, and so the connection between God and Jesus is eternally established. And because Jesus joined with us, in acknowledging his connection with us by participating with us in our need for repentance, he has widened the connection with God to include us. God says to each of us, ‘You are my own loved daughter, son, child’, and asks us to connect with others so they too can know that God loves them.
Mark 1:4-11 (NRSV)
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And 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. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He 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. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’
The cool water streamed down the face of Christ.
The heavens parted, and,
O God, you announced your love.
Gather us into that love this day as your beloved children,
touched by the cooling waters,
blessed with your peace. Amen.
-©Seasons of the Spirit 2018