the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,”
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Saint Mark 1:1-8
Prayer of the Day:
Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming strengthen us to serve you with purified lives; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
8.1 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; 3 the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’ ” 4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 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. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.7 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. 8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
St. Mark 1:1-8, New Revised Version Bible (C)1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
There has been a lot of “getting ready” in my life lately. Thirteen weeks ago I was getting ready to begin a three-month Sabbatical leave. Five weeks ago I was getting ready to vacation with my family on Maui. Four weeks ago I was getting ready to begin a (for me) major construction project in my basement. Three weeks ago I was getting ready to spend a weekend in my hometown (Stillwater, Minnesota). One week ago I was getting ready to bring my Sabbatical to a close and return to my regular duties as Saint Peter’s Pastor. (more…)