Cycle B

Good News B7

The Baptism of the Lord

First Sunday in Ordinary Time


Mark 1:7-11 New American Bible

Mark 1:7-11 Bible Gateway New International Version

Mark 1:7-11 Bible Gateway Contemporary English Version


And a voice came from the heavens, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."


It was a glorious day when God, our heavenly father said about Jesus: “This is my beloved son in whom I am well-pleased.  Our heavenly father also says this about you.  “This is my beloved son or daughter in whom I am well-pleased.  He loves you very much.  He knows about the time you cleared the table after supper for your mother.  He knows about how you tried to cheer up your little sister when she lost her balance and fell off her bicycle.  He knows when you wrote a little “I love you” card and sent it to your grandma.  He knows how you never bother things that belong to other people.  He remembers that you say, “Good morning, Lord” when you wake up.  He understands that you are sometimes sad because you sometimes think you are not good enough.  You are always good enough for God.  He loves you and forgives you when you get off the path he has chosen for you.  Be happy because he will steer you in the right direction to get back on the path to heaven.  He put you on this earth to carry out his will.  All you have to do is ask God to help you figure out which way to go.  He will point out the way.  Each day you live is a glorious day to God.  He says, “I am so glad that I created you.  You are a blessing.  One day you will join me in paradise.”

Say the “Our Father” and ask God to help you remember that you are a child of God and that you are always good enough for him. 


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.


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