Monday, 12 January 2015

Complete makeover

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (No. 60)                                               
In the course of his preaching John said, 'After me is coming someone who is more powerful than me, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. 8 I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.' 

9 It was at this time that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John. 10 And at once, as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit, like a dove, descending on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, 'You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.' (Mark 1:7-11)
And at once, as he was coming up out of the water,
he saw the heavens torn apart
and the Spirit, like a dove,
descending on him. (Mark 1:10)

Have you ever watched one of those ‘before and after’ shows? Typically a team of generous builders take on a home or garden of a needy family and completely renovate it. When the family return to their property the cameras zoom into their faces and film their reaction. They are usually stunned by the transformation. As viewers we are shown footage reminding us how the property looked before the work began, and the amazing end result.

Do you find similarities in today’s Gospel? Mark tells us that Jesus went into the water to be baptised. However he shows us what happens when Jesus comes up out of the water. The heavens are torn open. The Spirit, in the form of a dove settles on Jesus’ head. God’s voice comes from heaven. We hear beautiful, loving words. ‘You are my son, my beloved son.’ And to finish the scene we read, ‘my favour rests on you.’ In other words, from now on, You are the one I have chosen to carry out my mission in the world.

From that moment on, we see Jesus begin full time ministry.  Jesus’ baptism describes a definite before and after.

Let’s participate in Jesus’ ministry in the weeks and months ahead as we read the Gospels with a prayerful heart. Who knows what words the Father may say to us, His beloved children?   

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

Next Reflection: Lyn Churchyard Wednesday 14th January, 2015