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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Baptism of the Lord

Today is a wonderful feast and really the beginning of the public life of Jesus. Jesus was perhaps thirty years old when he comes to be baptized by John in the Jordon river. The entrance antiphon for this Sunday's Mass tells us: "After the Lord was baptized, the heavens were opened, and the Spirit descended upon him like a dove, and voice of the Father thundered: This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."

Jesus has been preparing for this big step of leaving home and becoming a wandering teacher. He is confirmed in both his identity and his mission. Then the Spirit will lead Jesus into the desert to be tempted, but this moment is one of confirmation for Jesus. We, too, have been baptized and each of us has a mission to fulfill. We also have the grace to carry it out and one day will hear God the Father say to us: "This is my beloved in whom I am well pleased."

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