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... immediately He saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descended upon Him

Mark 1:10
Mark 1:7-11

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The Baptism of the Lord,

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During a college music workshop, the great trumpet player, Louis Armstrong, was being asked questions about his early musical training, his trumpet technique, his repertoire, his singing style, etc. Then, a hush came over the audience in anticipation of the legendary Jazzman’s answer to a young student’s question: “Mr. Armstrong, what is Jazz?” Armstrong thought for a moment, then, with a touch of sympathy in his voice, replied, “If you gotta ask, you ain’t got it.”

In today’s Gospel Lesson, Mark tells us that “Jesus came down from Nazareth of Galilee” to the River Jordan where He was baptized. “And when He came out of the water,” Mark says, “immediately He saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descended upon Him” (Mk. 1:9-10).

Later, Jesus promised His disciples that the Holy Spirit would descend upon them, “to teach them all things.” And we are the inheritors of that promise. Our body is the “temple of the Holy Spirit,” the Apostle Paul has written…

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