Jesus began His public life by being baptized in the River Jordan. John the Baptizer hesitantly performed the ceremony. Normally his voice was loud and bold, but this time he was nervous as the Messiah stepped into the water. Jesus did not need baptism but He wanted it. On the other hand, we need baptism and should want it.
We might as well pause this day to prayerfully appreciate the fact that in baptism we were born again in the original and true sense of the term. By our baptism we were spiritually incorporated into the permanent membership of the Church. We are now gracefully bound together with other believers around the world, accepting the basic rules and duties of this pious corporation and sharing in its glorious privileges.
Once baptized, we can now share the sentiment of John – we too have come into contact with One more powerful than ourselves. His sandals we are not worthy to untie, but in spite of that He has invited us to share His life.
The baptismal encounter is a new and personal creation story for each recipient. Now we are accepted by the merciful Jesus, washed in the cleansing waters and incorporated into His Body. Baptism makes us a new creation. From then on – spiritually speaking -, the sky is the limit.
Prayer: Almighty , ever-living God, when Christ was baptized in the River Jordan the Holy Spirit came upon Him and Your voice proclaimed from heaven “This is My beloved Son.” Grant that we, who by water and the Holy Spirit are Your adopted children, may continue steadfast in Your love. We pray this in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
Jakarta, 8 January 2018
A Christian Pilgrim