The beginning of the holy gospel according to Mark. 1:1-8

This is the good news about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It began just as God had said in the book written by Isaiah the prophet,
“ I am sending my messenger to get the way ready for you. In the desert someone is shouting, ‘Get the road ready for the Lord! Make a straight path for him.’”
So John the Baptist showed up in the desert and told everyone, “Turn back to God and be baptized! Then your sins will be forgiven.”
From all Judea and from Jerusalem crowds of people went to John. They told how sorry they were for their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan River.
John wore clothes made of camel’s hair. He had a leather strap around his waist and ate grasshoppers and wild honey.
John also told the people,
“Someone more powerful is going to come. And I am not good enough even to stoop down and untie his sandals. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!”

The gospel of the Lord.