Lessons from the Baptist (Mark 1:1-8)
St Mark’s gospel is eager to point us to Jesus. This is obvious from the first verse – “The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”
So we will have to slow things down if we are to hear and learn anything from John the Baptizer. I suggest at least four things:
Conversion (repentance), Forgiveness, Inclusiveness, Simplicity
John the Baptist’s ministry was one of both CONTINUITY with the past (all that is associated with WILDERNESS – the eremos) and PREPARATION for Jesus and the Kingdom, God’s big new programme!