To-day’s readings focus on baptism, the floodwaters of Noah’s experience representing a sort of massive baptism.
It is unclear whether “spirits in prison” (I Peter 3:19) refers to fallen angels or to those who died during the flood in Noah’s time.
In submitting to John’s baptism, Jesus symbolically took upon Himself the burden of God’s judgment against sin.
- What were the lessons learned from Noah’s experience of the flood?
- What has the psalmist learned about God?
- What does the psalmist perceive to be the role of a believer in his/her relationship with God?
- What does Peter see to be the purpose of baptism?
- Why was it important for Jesus to spend time in the desert?
- In Jesus’ time of temptation, how has Mark represented the presence of both good and evil forces?
- Of what importance to believers is this account of Jesus’ desert experience?
- What experience have you had of being tested ‘in the desert’?
- What awareness have you had of God’s presence in such times?
Food for thought:
We shrink from times of testing, but Jesus’ time of testing equipped and empowered Him for the redemptive ministry to which God called Him. May we too trust in God’s empowering love to fulfill in us the ministry to which He calls us.