RE Verse reading–Mark 1:1-11 (Day Three) “Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.” John came baptizing, and for good reason. Baptism signifies a beginning—in our Christian tradition, of course, a new birth into life under the reign of Christ—and for the people in John’s day, a beginning of a new action of God in history. You can’t begin the day until you wake up. You can’t pick the vegetables until you sow the seed. You can’t run the race until you’ve forced your body to begin the training program. And you can’t listen to the Lord until you’ve braced your whole being to receive what he says. Baptism in 30 A.D. meant that people were ready to listen—really ready. If you want to hear God, John says, then prepare to do so. What’s the evidence that you’re poised for God’s words to you?