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Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Baptism of Jesus

Jesus goes to be baptized in the Jordan by John. "On coming our of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, 'You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.'"

This was an important moment for Jesus. He is given the affirmation for his mission; he had left Nazareth to begin his public ministry but he may not have been sure of what he was to do. Now there is a visible sign of the Spirit and he hears the Father telling him that he is beloved. We all need moments when we feel that God is telling us, "You are my beloved; with you I am well pleased." Let us thank God for those moments and remember that it was after this that the Spirit led Jesus into the desert!

In the first reading from Isaiah 55 in this Sunday's liturgy, we are told, "Seek the Lord while he may be found, call him while he is near." All the readings are good for reflection and speak to us of God's love;I need to mention the Psalm refrain, "You will draw waters joyfully from the springs of salvation." It is with joy that we draw the life-giving water from the Heart of Christ.

Today is a good day to reflect on the gift of our own Baptism.

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