Read, Mark and Learn – 1

Welcome to our Lenten Bible Study of Mark’s gospel.

Let me give you some instructions. First of all, don’t read this like you would any other blog post. Take more time. It’s God’s word.

Say a prayer before you begin. Maybe just something like, “Open my mind and my heart Lord, to the mysteries of Our Lord.” Then read the gospel passage for the day.

Read it the opposite of speed reading. Do tortoise reading. Nice and slow. Do cow reading: chew the cud. Ruminate. Ponder. See if there is something in the reading you can take with you for the day.

After the gospel reading click through to my reflection for the day. Then come back and comment and discuss if you wish. Check back later in the day to see how the discussion is going and join in. This is an interactive Bible study with me and the many other readers of this blog.

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ [the Son of God]

The Preaching of John the Baptist.

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

“Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;

he will prepare your way.

3. A voice of one crying out in the desert:

‘Prepare the way of the Lord,

make straight his paths.’”

4John [the] Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

5People of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins.

6John was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist.  He fed on locusts and wild honey.

7And this is what he proclaimed: “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.

8  I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the holy Spirit.”

The Baptism of Jesus.

9 It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. 10On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. 11 And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

The Temptation of Jesus.

12At once the Spirit drove him out into the desert,

13and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.

Go here to read my reflections on the gospel for today.

Then come back and comment or ask questions or join in the discussion.