The Baptism of the Lord – Repentance & Elvis’ Birthday…
Now that I have your attention…
I found new delight in today’s feast, The Baptism of the Lord. I found it a grand second chance to reflect on the meanings networked together at the beginning of the gospel of Mark, especially the meaning of repentance.
It’s interesting how dictionary.com defines repentance. Check out the verbs below. They mainly have to do with my feeling sorry or contrite. Somewhat to do with changing one’s life for the better.
1. to feel sorry, self-reproachful, or contrite for past conduct; regret or be conscience-stricken about a past action, attitude, etc. (often followed by of
He repented after his thoughtless act.
2. to feel such sorrow for sin or fault as to be disposed to change one’s life for better; be penitent.
3. to remember or regard with self-reproach or contrition:
to repent one’s injustice to another.
4. to feel sorry for; regret: to repent an imprudent act.
Check out the beginning of Marks’ gospel:
John witnessed to Jesus & baptized him. “On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
THEN, the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness to be tempted. His message when he returned from the wilderness was, “Repent! The Kingdom of God is at hand!”
What does repentance mean here? It means, “Turn from your small worlds and hear God telling you, ‘You are my beloved daughter, my beloved son! Repent!”
Oh, and happy birthday, Elvis!