Baptism of Jesus
The feast of the baptism of Jesus invites us to transition between the Christmas season and the public ministry of Jesus. In doing so, our focus is drawn to the presence of the Spirit. At the Annunciation, the Spirit hovers over Mary, and the Word becomes flesh within her. At the baptism, God anoints Jesus with the Holy Spirit and power. And at every Eucharist, we pray that Spirit be sent down upon our gifts that they may become the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As the Spirit descends upon Jesus, the voice from the heavens identifies him. “You are my beloved Son; with you, I am well pleased.” This identification was his anointing to move forward in the mission he came to accomplish, as Isaiah states so clearly: “He shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street, a bruised reed he shall not break… until he establishes justice on the earth.”
That same Spirit hovers over our community each time we celebrate a baptism, and each time we remember our own anointing with the Spirit. We are challenged to hear anew, “You are my beloved child; with you, I am well pleased.” And we are once again renewed in our mission to be that chosen servant with whom the Lord is well pleased. And we are reminded that we need to bring our gifts to the altar and to pray that the Spirit be sent down that we may become the body of Christ sent into our world today to bring forth justice.
As we continue our transition into this new year, may the Spirit grant us health as we heal the effects of the pandemic and grant us hope in repairing the divisions that have wounded our human family.
Let Us Pray:
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and enkindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and we shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth. Amen.
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