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Environmental Stewardship Commission (MEESC) Lectionary Reflection Year B, Lent 1, Gospel
Mark 1:9-13: and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. (vs 13)
Reflection on Mark 1:9-13 by Nan Stokes
All of the readings for this beginning Sunday in Lent are involved with water. In the first reading from Genesis, we hear the story of Noah and the establishment of the covenant with God signified by the rainbow. The second reading from 1 Peter talks about baptism as an appeal to God for good conscience, and in the Gospel from Mark, we read again about the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Bible commentaries have much speculation about the heavens opening up and the Spirit descending like a dove. Was it an event seen just by Jesus -- a visionary experience? We can speculate, too, and believe in spiritual experiences during or after baptisms. But now it is Lent -- a time of trials and temptations – so we focus on Jesus going out into the wilderness for forty days. We have different thoughts about wildernesses – certainly desert experiences were part of the testing in areas of the world where there was a desert. Mark's gospel doesn't say that the wild beasts were hostile, only that Jesus was with them. And the angels waited on him, just as we can know that angels will be around us whenever our wilderness experience becomes more than we can handle. What a comforting thought for this season of deprivation and wilderness! The "beasts" in our world maybe aren't hostile – they just need taming!
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