My Dad rarely went swimming. Whenever he was in a pool, he swam as fast as he could to the other side and then got out. Swimming was scary for him; he told the story of how he almost drowned as a boy, saved by his older brother.
In the beginning of the book of Genesis, the Spirit of God breathes over water, making it “behave itself,” so that dry land could appear. St. Mark has the waters of chaos in mind when he begins his Gospel with the story of Jesus’ baptism. Once again, the Holy Spirit hovers over the waters of the Jordan, coming to rest upon Jesus as he rises from the waters onto the dry land of safety and freedom.
Picture yourself sitting beside Jesus on the banks of the Jordan after his baptism. Just as my uncle sat next to my Dad after he was pulled to safety from the water, so does Jesus save you and me from any scary “waters” that might be out to drown us.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels, in Year B, the Gospel of Mark
This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick