Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

My Reflection for Sunday, January 12, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Matthew 3:13-17



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Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17
Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?” Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him. after Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
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My Reflection:
Why does Jesus have to be baptized when He could go on with His salvific mission without it? Why did He choose John to baptize Him when there were many others whom Jesus could choose from? Jesus underwent baptism in the river Jordan courtesy of John, for the reason that it was what God wanted Him to do. Jesus is without sin but He had to fulfill first the plan of God before He could commence with His mission.   

Therefore Jesus’ Baptism is a symbolic and important Sacrament. Which equipped Him with all the necessary power that He needs so that He could fulfill His mission of Salvation. That’s why after Jesus’ baptism the heavens were opened for Him and the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descended upon Him. And then the clincher, they heard the mighty voice of God the Father affirming Him.

Unlike Jesus who is without sin, we are sinful, we carry the burden of original sin passed onto us by Adam of Eve. That’s why we have to be baptized first for us to become members of the church and in the process we are cleansed from the mark of original sin.  

Having been baptized and being of age already we partake of Jesus’ mission to spread the good news of the faith, that’s why we have to live our faith. We have to bring people to God, we have to do acts of mercy. And last but certainly not the least is we have to live the life of Jesus. These are our own Baptismal mission that we have to live. 

By celebrating the Baptism of Jesus today we don’t only recall and remember Jesus baptism. We are also reminded that we have our very own baptismal mission which we have to live and fulfill.

Are we able to live and fulfill our own Baptismal mission? - Marino J. Dasmarinas1

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