Minnesota Episcopal
Commission (MEESC)

Episcopal Church in Minnesota
Shield of Episcopal Church

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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Epiphany 1
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common Lectionary
Gospel Reading

Mark 1: 7-11

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.’



Reflections on Mark 1: 7-11
by the Rev Wanda Copeland

Mark's story of Jesus begins not with a genealogy or a birth narrative, but with baptism. Baptism: that ritual act signifying death and rebirth. How many times do we enter a body of water whether swimming, snorkeling, diving, or immersed in a tub, and find ourselves becoming one with the water. Perhaps more that any other natural element we are connected to water. Our bodies are approximately 98% water. We can survive only a few days without it.  Still we pollute gallons upon gallons of water annually. Water of life, may we be reborn in and through you. May we become attuned to your cry for help.

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To Reflections on other RCL Readings for Year B, Epiphany 1:

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Genesis 1: 1-5
Psalm 89: 1-29
Psalm 29
New Testament Reading
Acts 10: 34-38
Acts 19: 1-7
Mark 1: 7-11
(this page)

Mark 1: 7-11
(this page)


The Rev Wanda Copeland was rector of Holy Trinity Church, Elk River, MN, and Co-chair of the Environmental Stewardship Commission when she originally wrote this reflection in 2000. Wanda and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Wanda Copeland or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

c/o C. Morello
4451 Lakeside Drive
Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA

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