Prayer: Thank you, God, for those who prepare the way. Amen.
Reading: Mark 1: 4-11 (Click to read text)
Reflection: Last summer at Camp Mount Luther, we explored Biblical themes through the curriculum, “Living in God’s Time.” We took a look at the seasons of the church year and how the stories during those periods are relevant to our lives today.
On Mondays we read the scripture text that is the one you read today. Interestingly, as we commemorate the Baptism of Jesus this Sunday in our churches, it is a good reminder to hear of John. Remember, John the Baptist was something of a celebrity during his time and some people actually thought he was the Messiah. But in this lesson, John makes it clear that he is not. He is preparing the way for someone greater: Jesus.
In today’s society, with a mentality of always getting ahead, it is it refreshing to hear John’s words and be reminded that they are people who are humble and who are willing to point to someone or something greater than themselves? How do you help point others toward Jesus? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: As we look forward to Epiphany tomorrow, watch this video of the song, "They Rejoiced with Exceeding Great Joy."
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