Monday, January 01, 2007

Jesus' Baptism - B

Years B
Genesis 1:1-5
Psalm 29
Acts 19:1-7
Mark 1:4-11

Creation moves from formless to formed, only to become the ground for new formation. Day by day lightness and darkness interplay.

Repentance called and responded to, follows this same process. This assertion calls us to look around: what light from today's repentance has come to guide us beyond repentances of old?

John's baptism unto repentance, Paul's baptism unto tongues and prophesy, Jesus' baptism unto belovedness, raises the question of what baptism through you is unto? Might it be a baptism unto peace?

Regardless of the baptism focus offered or age/understanding when one receives, there is an entry into the mystery of creation and creation beyond creation. Relax, enjoy, baptize.

= = = = = = =

have you received a holy spirit?
what is that you ask?
it is this says you
well ok says I
and off we go

what once we knew we knew
it is reduced to babbling
pretty and comforting
but babbling still
it is expanded to consequences
harsh and challenging
but consequences still

what once we knew we knew
bows its head to play its part
between the less and more

between the less and more
is less and more
than spirits holy or muddy
can contain without
breaking apart into a blessing
on light and dark
beginning again
moving beyond

have you received a holy spirit?
of course
does it measure up?
not now not ever
and you
have you been released
from a spirit holy
to arise once more?

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