The Good News Gift

The Second Sunday of Advent: Mark 1:1-8

1 This is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2 It began as the prophet Isaiah had written: “God said, ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you to open the way for you.’

3 Someone is shouting in the desert, ‘Get the road ready for the Lord; make a straight path for him to travel!’ ”

4 So John appeared in the desert, baptising and preaching. “Turn away from your sins and be baptised,” he told the people, “and God will forgive your sins.”

5 Many people from the province of Judea and the city of Jerusalem went out to hear John. They confessed their sins, and he baptised them in the Jordan River.

6 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.

7 He announced to the people, “The man who will come after me is much greater than I am. I am not good enough even to bend down and untie his sandals.

8 I baptise you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.”

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