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The Readings for January 8, 2012 – Baptism of the Lord (Year B)
The Gospel – Mark 1:4-11:
1:4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
1:5 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.
1:7 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.
1:8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
1:9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
1:10 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.
1:11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
Summary of Discussion
- (1:52) As a reminder, the Vanderbilt Revised Common Lectionary Site contains links to art for each week’s slate of readings.
- (2:12) Would I go down to see what John’s baptism was all about if it were happening today?
- (3:23) There is a debate among Christians in Nigeria regarding how best to respond to increasing religious violence.