7th lesson: (Mark 1: 1-15)
Jesus proclaims the coming of the Kingdom of God
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
As it is written in the prophet Isaiah:
See I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way,
the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
Prepare the way of the Lord, make his path straight.
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism
of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of
Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the
river Jordan, confessing their sins.
Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around
his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
He proclaimed: The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me;
I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals.
I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by
John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw
the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.
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 for forty days, tempted by Satan;
and he was with the wild beasts and the angels waited on him.
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the
good news of God, and saying; The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom
of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.
Thanks be to God