Based upon the calling and ministry of John the Baptist as found in Mark 1:1-8, I invite you to ponder this question as you prepare yourself for this week’s sermon.

Imagine yourself as one moving with the crowds, retreating to the margins of the wilderness to seek repentance and change.  What risks are involved in your decision to respond to John the Baptist’s cries?  What are you leaving behind?  What are you sacrificing?  And how, through the power of baptism are you transformed?