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.” And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” It reminds us of the relationship between Father and Son. God is the perfect father, and God wants nothing but the best for God’s children. God loves us so much, no matter what. There is nothing that we can do or say to separate us from the love of God. God welcomes us back with open arms. Think of a time in your life when you have experienced this kind of love from God. How did it feel? Think of a time when you have tried to extend this kind of love to someone else. How did it feel?
Holy One, creator of the stars and seas,
your steadfast love is shown to every living thing:
your word calls forth countless worlds and souls;
your law revives and refreshes.
Forgive our misuse of your gifts,
that we may be transformed by your wisdom
to manifest for others
the mercy and love of the risen Lord. In your sacred name we pray, Amen.
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