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WE LIVE IN THE


TIME OF ABUNDANT WATER


Ezk 47: 1-12 and the


nature


poured out in the life-giving God surrounds


Jesus chose water as the human sign of union with God because water covers most of the Earth. The time of abundant water is the time of the pouring


out of the Spirit. When the land has plenty of water, the flowers grow, the trees bear fruit, Crops are full. Just as water is abundant in so too the water of the Spirit has been abundance in our time. The Spirit is water that makes all things new.


us in the love of his Spirit. God desires that every man and woman become part of the this family--- the people of the resurrection.


THE MINISTER CALLS The priest or deacon prays a blessing over the water THE SPIRIT UPON WATER Gn 1: 1-2


and calls upon the Spirit to stir and fill it with the power of God’s new life. While praying the


blessing, the minister and others place their hands in the water as a sign of the Spirit’s activity.


SCRIPTURE FOR CHAPER TEN Mark 1, 9-11: The baptism of Jesus Footnotes:


1, 8-9: Through the life-giving baptism with the holy Spirit (8), Jesus will create a new people of God. But first he identifies himself with the people of Israel in submitting to John’s baptism of repentance and in bearing on their behalf the burden of God’s decisive judgment (9; cf4). As in the desert of Sinai, so here in the wilderness of Judea, Israel’s sonship with God is to be renewed.


1, 10-11: “He saw the heavens…and the Spirit….upon him: indicating divine intervention in fulfillment of promise. Here the descent of the Spirit on Jesus is meant, anointing him for his ministry; “A voice….with you I am well pleased:” God’s acknowledgement of Jesus as his unique Son, the object of his love. His approval of Jesus is the assurance that Jesus will fulfill his messianic mission of salvation.


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