Saturday, January 11, 2020

Our Baptism in Jesus


The Baptism of the Lord, cycle A


Matthew 3:13-17

Our baptism is in itself a mystery.  We may have been baptized when we were babies; now is the time to appreciate what it really means.

Christmas season concluded with the Baptism of Jesus.  It is in this event that Jesus, from a private person, would launch his mission to proclaim the Good News of salvation. It is who he is and what he was meant to do in this world.

We have received baptism when we were babies.  We already experience how we who were dead in sin, rose again to life, now in Jesus.  We pray that we may know our mission here on earth.

The Baptism of Jesus, according to Father Steve Grunow, with Word on Fire, revealed the holy Trinity. "The Son makes himself known, the Father speaks, and the Holy Spirit descends. It is this mystery, the mystery of the Trinity, that brings the revelations or the theophanies of the holy season of Christmas to their fulfillment."  May we also know the implication of our own baptism:

To know the Father speaking to us,"This is my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on him."  He invites us to listen to Jesus.

Second, to incarnate the Son, this time, to fulfill the roles of Jesus as priest, prophet, and king.

Third, to share the Holy Spirit and enable the new creation of God to unfold.

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