The Baptism of Jesus
Today, our Church shifts its focus from the infant Jesus to the adult Jesus. Imagine Jesus, now around age thirty, is at the top of his physical, mental, and spiritual maturity. He is ready to begin the purpose of his life, the salvation of God’s people Israel, and to be a presence and a power that would forever influence people of goodwill the world over.
The Holy Spirit prompts Jesus to seek out his cousin John and to accept his baptism of repentance at the Jordan River. Over the objections of John, Jesus seeks identity with sinners. Upon coming up from the baptism, the heavens were opened and Jesus saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him, and heard a voice saying, this is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased. Already schooled by his parents in the ways of God, Jesus in his human nature, suddenly feels empowered and eager to begin his ministry of universal salvation, no matter the cost.
The baptism day of Jesus was a special day for him, just as our baptism is a special day for each of us. Baptism is essentially meant for adults because it gives us an identity and a mission, just as it did for Jesus. Can you imagine God the Father saying to you at your baptism and throughout your life, this (your name) is my beloved son/daughter with whom I am well pleased?
Saint Peter Julian Eymard always celebrated the day of his baptism, because it gave him identity as a Christian and a mission to promote consciousness of the Real Presence of Jesus in the eucharistic mystery.
What does your baptism mean to you today? How would you describe your present identity and mission?
Let Us Pray:
As Peter prayed (Acts 10:34) so do we:
In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.
Rather, in every nation, whoever fears God and acts uprightly
Is acceptable to him. Amen
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)