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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Baptism of Jesus

We know that Jesus waited in the little town of Nazareth living a normal, human life until he was about thirty years old; I think His mission was only gradually made know to Him and perhaps the scene of His Baptism was the first real manifestation of what He was called to be. It was a Trinitarian experience, but what did Jesus feel as He heard the words: "This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased."  After the Baptism, Jesus is devoted to His mission but the Spirit led Him into the desert for forty days where He prayed, fasted, and was tempted. Jesus was like us in all things except sin, as St.  Paul tells us, and so we can be with Him in this Sunday when we also go back to our own Baptism, call, and mission.

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