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1 Samuel 3:1-20 Samuel, the little boy working for Eli, the priest, is addressed by God one night.
Mark 1:4-11 Jesus comes to John who is baptizing in the Jordan River; Jesus is baptized by him, engulfed by the Holy Spirit, and proclaimed God’s Son by a heavenly voice.
Luke 2:1-20 The Birth of The Messiah
John 1:6-8, 19-28 John the Baptist appears in the wilderness, witnessing to the advent of the light, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness, proclaims “good news” as the Gospel of Mark begins the story of the advent of Jesus. John’s good news involves a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
Mark 13:24-37 Jesus foretells a day when the world will be radically changed by the advent of the power of God in its fullness. “Therefore, keep awake,” warns Jesus.