Sermon: Wondering and Wondering in the Wilderness

Excellent sermon for the first Sunday in Lent…..

Word Made Fresh


[Given on Sunday, February 22, 2015,  by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church –  Kansas City, MO]

Mark 1:12 (1:9-15)

O God,
take our minds and think through them,
take our lips and speak through them,
take our hearts and set them on fire
   with love for you;
may your kingdom come,
on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

“And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.”
Mark 1:12 (NRSV)

Soaking wet, Jesus, fresh from the waters of baptism was driven by the Spirit of God into the Wilderness. In being baptized by John, Jesus was entering this revolutionary religious movement begun by John the Baptizer in which the religious authorities and systems would be overturned and revived. Jesus enters this revolutionary religious movement and, immediately after signing on the “dotted line,” he is driven by the Spirit of God into the wilderness.


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