Chapter One: Into the Wilderness

From Embodying Mark, p. 3:

There is no baby in this beginning. No human parents (although we will catch a glimpse of Mary and of brothers and sisters later). No manger, no star, no farmers from down the road or magi bearing costly gifts, no threatening king (not yet, but a shadow of one will fall over 1.14). Only God, a voice, a river and crowds of people responding to this prophet who brings back memories of Elijah. All of them are coming out with us to the baptizer preaching a turning towards God’s new thing, an awakening for sleeping souls, a straightening of what is twisted, a release from all that binds for those who are willing to go out into the wilderness of new beginnings and meet God.

In your exploration of Mark 1:1-15, as you think, imagine, pray, and create, if there is anything you (or your group, if you are exploring Mark with others) would like to share — a thought, an idea, an image of a creative expression, or a video clip of a reading, presentation, or other creative embodiment of the text — please share that in a Reply box below.

If it is a thought or an idea, tell us about it. If it is a video, first put your video on YouTube, and then paste the URL (the YouTube address for that video) into your message in the Reply box, and the YouTube video will show up there; to get the right address for this, click on Share (you’ll see this option below the video) and then select Embed and copy the address that comes up, then paste it into the Reply box, and once you post it, the video should appear. If it is a photo you would like to share, you can do this through any of a number of websites that allow you to share photos; I have tried it with Flickr, and to do it there, you tell it that you’d like to share the HTML (it lets you choose Link, HTML, or BBCode when you say you want to share the photo; you select HTML, and also select HTML rather than Embed). You may wish to write something about the photo or video.

2 thoughts on “Chapter One: Into the Wilderness

    1. Dan, I’m delighted you visited here and delighted to be sharing the Lenten journey through Mark with you and the community at Walla Walla. I am only just seeing this note, but I was notified earlier of your mention of Embodying Mark on Facebook and responded there, and I listened to and appreciated your first week’s lesson. If any in your Wednesday night group would like to share any of their thoughts or creative embodiment of Mark here or on the Embodying Mark page or the Walla Walla page, I’d be pleased to know of it. Lenten blessings, Meda

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