Reaching out with God's Love

Scripture Reading

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday   January 7, 2018

 

First Reading:  Genesis 1:1-5

Out of chaos, God brings order. Out of the primeval darkness, God brings light. This familiar story was good news for the Israelites, who experienced much chaos in their history. It remains good news for any person living in the chaos and darkness of despair. God created and continues to create new life.

Second Reading:  Acts 19:1-7

In Ephesus, Paul encounters people who have received John’s baptism of repentance but had never heard of the Holy Spirit or of baptism in the name of Jesus. After Paul baptized them, the Holy Spirit came upon them and empowered them with gifts of the Spirit.

Gospel:   Mark 1:4-11

Mark’s gospel reports the story of Jesus’s baptism with some irony: the one on whom the Spirit descends is himself the one who will baptize others with the Holy Spirit.