Water & Wilderness (Week 1): Mark 1:9-11
In the beginning… God’s spirit hovered over the water (Genesis 1:1). Now, too, at the beginning of Jesus’ journey, the Spirit hovers over the water and descends. No sooner had he come up out of the water than he saw…the Spirit, like a dove… There is a voice: You are my Son, the Beloved; my favor rests on you.
How significant, to begin with blessing, with affirmation. Given before the wilderness, before the work. Not earned for doing well, in other words, but because of love and relationship. It’s foundational, pre-everything. — I enter the story to see, feel, and hear. How personal it is, this blessing, not offered in a secondhand way by saying to those roundabout, he is…, but letting them hear, you are…
I recently read Richard Rohr’s A Lever and a Place to Stand. He says he found a lot of “alienated, angry, and negative” people in social activism. So he seeks, through his Centre, to bring justice work and prayer together, to ground action in contemplation.
I get still, and listening, I hear these words also to me: You are my daughter, and I love you. – It’s snowing as I write, big, soft, steady flakes of snow. I want to let the blessing fall and layer me deeply, as deeply as this snow.