READINGOld Testament: Genesis 37:1-11
Psalms: Psalms 41, 52, 44
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 1:1-19
Gospel: Mark 1:1-13
Evening Psalms: 44
DEVOTIONAL“… And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River…After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. ‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’” (Mark 1:4-15)
After just rejoicing in celebrating the birth of Christ, it’s hard to think of the season of Lent. Much of that rejoicing took place at St. Matthew’s or with people from St. Matthew’s. I feel blessed to be part of such a wonderful community!
Sometimes I feel like I am in the wilderness, in the hallway, in between one thing and the next. The next step is unclear. It is an uncomfortable place for me to be. One door has closed, and I’m waiting for another door to open. However, I am not alone. I am surrounded by God, family, and friends. Support and guidance may come from unexpected sources at unexpected times. If I am patient and accepting, my time there will be much less stressful. And, generally, the next step is far more interesting than I would have imagined. I am always right where God wants me to be, even if I don’t like it. The path is seldom straight. It may have many twists and turns. If I stop to look for the miracles along the journey, I never cease to find them.
Being baptized, I am forgiven my human iniquities. I don’t need to be perfect or do everything perfectly. I just need to strive to be the person God intends for me to be, one moment at a time. What great news, indeed!