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Easter 3, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
April 18, 2021

Mark 1:9-15

‘The water of baptism means the world’

Just as Jesus is baptised and hears God say, “You are my beloved”, so in baptism we too are blessed and included … God be with you.

The water of baptism means the world – the beauty of rivers, fishes and reeds, rocks and sand … everything holy and good.

I imagine that Jesus felt the special joy of touching and being touched by water – the wonder of buoyancy, envelopment … Jesus knew the thrill of creativity – “going with the flow” and coming to be in love, in his element.

To adults Jesus says: “The kindom of heaven is embodied in the world – in tears of laughter and repentance. Repent, return to God, experience heaven in earth, wind and fire, in water and in one another.”

And Jesus says: “Let the children come to me; do not stop them. It is to just such as these that the kindom of God belongs …”

To children Jesus says: “You too are holy, God calls you beloved … before you might hear it, and simply because you are you. Rejoice in the music of imagination, in friendship and play; in goodness most of all.” Amen.