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

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Reflection for Sunday January 10, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord; Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

Gospel: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
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A man wanted to become a member of the Universal/Catholic church so he inquired on how he would go about his own membership. He was told that he needs to be baptized first, he was further told that he needs to walk away from his life of sinfulness. And he should be ready to help Jesus carry his cross.  

Before the baptismal scene in the gospel, John first called for repentance of sins as a means of preparing the way for Jesus. Those who responded to his call of repentance went to the river Jordan to be baptized by him and they soon after became John’s followers.

After they were all baptized Jesus too was baptized by John and during the process of Jesus baptism the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descended upon Him. Why did Jesus submit Himself to the baptism of John when he could have easily avoided it? He’s the Son of God anyway! Jesus went through baptism because it was the will of God. By His baptism Jesus also showed that He was in solidarity with the people who also went through the same baptism courtesy of John.

Jesus through His baptism was actually reaching out to us, he wanted to tell us that though he could easily avoided being baptized. He still went through it as a way of immersing Himself with us and to make Himself accessible for us. After Jesus baptism He also commenced with His ministry which called for Him to go through sufferings, persecutions and eventual harrowing death on the cross.

By Jesus’ baptism we too are reminded about our own baptism. Baptism which call upon us to walk away from all forms of sinfulness. Baptism which reminds us to courageously spread and share our faith. Baptism which reminds us that like Jesus we should also be ready to go through the process of sufferings and sacrifices if need be. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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