The Baptism of the Lord
The voice of the Lord speaks to us clearly today, offering a message of hope and promise. Isaiah is asked to speak both tenderly as well as to cry out at the top of his voice, fear not here is your God who comes with power. And John the Baptist speaks of the coming Messiah who will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Jesus responds to John’s words, is baptized, and enters into communion with His Father in prayer. We are given a brief glimpse of the Trinity as the Spirit descends upon him, and we hear the voice of the Father. You are my beloved Son; with you, I am well pleased.
What a pivotal moment as we move from the Christmas season into ordinary time. The voices of peace on earth, the Word was made flesh, the tender compassion of our God shall break upon us are fulfilled in the words of the Father, You are my beloved son. Jesus will now move forward in mission to hear the voices of those crying out in need, in pain, and hope that what has been promised will be fulfilled in Him.
Paul reminds us that we have been saved through the bath of rebirth and renewal in the Holy Spirit. If we really believed that those same words of affirmation you are my beloved; with you, I am well pleased have been spoken over us as well, how different might our lives be? Our deep human need for identity and affirmation is fulfilled in this love. Are we listening?
Each Eucharist renews the affirmation of this love as we are fed by the word and the body of Christ and challenged, as Jesus was, to hear the voices of those in need reaching out to us in hope. Are we listening and responding to their needs?
Let us pray:
Lord, may your Spirit enable us to know at the deepest level of our being that we are your beloved. May that knowing lead us to humble service bringing hope and healing to all those you place in our lives. Amen.
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