Sunday, January 9, 2011
Baptism of Jesus
This Sunday we celebrate an important event in the life of Jesus; I think that Jesus lived an ordinary life and only had the kind of moments of inspiration that many of us have received from the Holy Spirit until the moment of his baptism. Then the Father spoke to him and acknowledged him as his beloved Son in whom the Father was well pleased. Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert for forty days; this retreat would help to clarify his mission and also to help strengthen him for the temptations that he would face. I feel very close to Jesus as I contemplate his leaving home, going to join the sinners waiting to be baptized by John, and then his meeting with John, his humility, and the resulting manifestation of the Trinity which revealed to Jesus his own identity. I like thinking of Jesus not knowing everything; he went to prayer much as we do--to allow the Father to love him, to respond to that love, and to discern what the Father wanted and how to give the Father's love to others. Well, these are just some of my thoughts on the mystery of this feast of the Baptism of Jesus.