Genesis 1:1-5 & Mark 1:4-11
St. John’s Anglican Cathedral
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
CHAOS AND DARKNESS EVERYWHERE, ALL EXISTENCE DEFINED AS ‘FORMLESS VOID’. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT TO ME THAT SOUNDS A WHOLE LOT LIKE MUCH OF THE NEWS THESE DAYS: THE TERROR OF BLOODY MURDER IN GOD’S NAME IN PARIS…
Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good…
GOD IS AT WORK IN THE CHAOS, IN THE DARKNESS, IN THE FORMLESS VOID OF OUR OWN EMOTIONAL STORMS, WORKING AGAINST THE DEEP DARKNESS OF DESPAIR IN OUR OWN LIVES AND IN THE WORLD.
HOW? IN WATER AND THE WORD…
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.’
THANKS BE TO GOD!