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.
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I truly love Mark's Gospel. He doesn't mince words. He condenses the discipleship experience of coming to know Jesus into "need to know" powerpoints. You can't read Mark without feeling like you are walking along a path and someone is shoving your shoulder from behind saying, "Keep going. There's more, much more. Keep going."
But....but...but, my soul says I wanted to marinate in the blissful hot tub spa of "You are Beloved, with you I am well pleased." That which was spoken to Jesus is also the promise of my baptism before I accomplished anything or failed at many things. Mark's urgency seems to say, "Grab your towel, get dressed, of course, you are beloved now let's take that out on the road and really open her up!" Pedal to the metal and off we go into the wilderness. Always beloved....always dealing with the constant presence of fear.....never, ever more than a breath away from the wings of grace. I forget sometimes what an adventure this is....until someone pokes us in the shoulder.
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May we rise up in this day confident of God's love and prepared for the adventure. Amen.