On his visit to St. Peter’s, Portland, last Sunday, Bishop Steve had this to say in his sermon:
Some scholars have wondered if the people of John’s day actually recognized the radical nature of the message he preached. Did they understand that they were participating in an attack on the corrupt religious establishment of the day? Who knows… but I think they knew they were getting something they valued, and usually paid for, for free. I think they knew that John was practicing the Jewish faith outside the norms of contemporary practice and authority. I think they knew that to accept John’s baptism was to be challenged to change their lives – and they flocked to the River Jordan.