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January 9, 2017 – The Baptism of the Lord

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to 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.”

 

Reflect: At the time of Jesus’ baptism, the Father and the Holy Spirit affirm Jesus: “the Spirit of God descending like a dove… upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’” We see in this gospel the manifestation that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are one. What Jesus is about in his earthly journey is a reflection of the Father and the Holy Spirit. He does not act without them. At the same time, Jesus is inviting us to be disciples, to do the will of the Father, to be led by the Holy Spirit, and to learn from him. We are called into unity with the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. What should that look like? In the first reading today from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (chapter 47), we get a glimpse of what God calls us to be:

I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,
I have grasped you by the hand;
I formed you, and set you
as a covenant of the people,
a light for the nations,
to open the eyes of the blind,
to bring out prisoners from confinement,
and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.

So as we try to cooperate with that call to be disciples, we are challenged to be a light and clarity for others about the Way, the Truth and the Life; most especially, our life in unity with the one true Light should impact people who are overburdened, afflicted, confined, overwhelmed, lost and otherwise living in darkness. Our God wants to affirm each of us “You are my beloved daughter/son, with whom I am well pleased.” Even for those who are stuck in the deepest darkness, our God wants to embrace them, through us, with his Light and Hope.

Am I letting the Light of Christ reach even the darkest niches of my life? Do I strive to cooperate with the grace that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit want to pour out on  me? How is God asking me to be his disciple today?

 

Pray: Loving God, you are the Light that never fades. Touch my life with your love and fortify me to do your will at all times.  I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The heavens were opened and the voice of the Father thundered:
    This is my beloved Son, listen to him.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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