In today’s readings we hear of Jesus’ baptism in the river Jordan by John the Baptist. This epiphany or showing forth of the divine is represented by the Dove resting upon Jesus; bearing witness to the truth of what was happening and the Father’s proclamation, “This is my beloved Son, listen to Him.” This sums up the revelation of the Son of God in the Christmas Season.
Do you remember your own baptism? Have you ever witnessed someone else’s baptism? What do you recall from these experiences?
In today’s readings we listen for echoes of our own baptism and the ones we’ve been able to witness: water, oil, Spirit, the Trinity, a faith filled community gathered in prayer.
This Gospel recounts the final event of our Christmas Season. The Christmas Season looks beyond the baby in Bethlehem. Each one of the feast peals back the layers a little further, each layer revealing the truth of Jesus of Nazareth from a different perspective.
Jesus is the One in whom God keeps the promises made through Isaiah the prophet. He will show to the world the glory, justice, power, and the abundant love God has for us. And by baptism we can lay claim to that divine declaration: “You are my beloved, with you I am well pleased!”
Do you celebrate your Baptism date anniversary? Today is a fitting time to start.
Fr. Andrew, T.O.R.