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The Baptism of Jesus

The event of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan revealed who he already was: the “beloved Son” with whom God was “well pleased.” We will celebrate the Baptism of the Lord in the 9:30 Mass (in German) on Sunday, January 7th.

Jesus' Identity

The Readings for that Sunday are clear about who Jesus is, his purpose and what is means for us. Jesus’ baptism didn’t change his identity - it revealed who he was to us. The Gospel reading from Mark (1:7-11). is very interesting: “He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending down upon him.” And if that wasn’t enough, “a voice came down from the heavens” which revealed Jesus as God’s Son. This image is wrapped in mystery as we picture John baptising the Lord and the Spirit anointing the human being called Jesus. This marks the distinction between his private life and his public ministry. After Jesus’ baptism, he enters into this world of being able to minister to those who were considered outcasts of society. He had the audacity to disregard what conventional religion thought was good and what was not. Where did Jesus, a human being, get all of that power, other than the way it’s told in the story? The power came rushing down to Jesus when the heavens were torn open!

God's Selfie

Someone once sent me a meme of Jesus which said: “Jesus is God’s Selfie”. What a wonderful image! Here is a man who has come into the world to reveal who God is. God, who wants to be there for us. God, who wants to give us life. God, who wants to walk with us, to sit with us and to show us how. Jesus is that pure image of God, revealed in his ministry.

Baptism in Christ

The Second Reading from John (1 Jn 5:1-9) combats certain false ideas, especially about Jesus, and it helps to deepen the spiritual and social awareness of the Christian community. Through our own baptism in Jesus, we are all connected. John writes that “everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God, and everyone who loves the father loves also the one begotten by him.” This faith is the source of our power in the world and this source gives us life and the ability to face all of the challenges that come our way. It is a source, shrouded in mystery. When we embrace it, take it in and let it work in our lives, and respond with the psalm (Is 12:3) “you will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation” the secrets will reveal themselves.