Welcome to We Wonder: Lent. Long ago, Jesus said to his friends, "Come: follow me," and during Lent, we are following Jesus all the way through the gospel of Mark. Today we are at the very beginning of Mark's book: he wants to introduce us to the good news about Jesus of Nazareth, who is the Messiah.
Mark 1:1-15 (NIRV)
I wonder if I can imagine myself on the shore, watching John baptize Jesus? What does it feel like to be in that crowd? I wonder why we have all come out to see John?
I wonder what I would have seen when Jesus came up, dripping, from under the river water? What is happening in the sky? How does it make me feel?
Can I imagine Jesus's face in any part of the story I heard today? How does he look to me?
I wonder what Jesus's voice sounds like when he says, "The time has come; the kingdom of God has come near"? How would I feel if I were there, and he was speaking to me?
Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to ask God about right now?
Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to take with me and hold close?
Jesus of Nazareth, son of God: thank you that we have a book filled with your words and deeds. Give us the wisdom and understanding that comes from your Holy Spirit, so that we can know you better and follow you all the days of our lives. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
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