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THOU ART MY BELOVED SON; WITH THEE I AM WELL PLEASED

THOU ART MY BELOVED SON; WITH THEE I AM WELL PLEASED

(A biblical refection on THE FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD – Sunday, 10 January 2021)

Gospel Reading: Mark 1:7-11 

First Reading: Isaiah 55:1-11; Psalms: Isaiah 12:2-4bcd,5-6; Second Reading: 1John 5:1-9 

The Scripture Text

And he preached, saying, “After me comes He who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when He came up out of the water, immediately He saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “Thou art My beloved Son; with Thee I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:7-11 RSV)

Why did Jesus of Nazareth, the Sinless One, submit Himself to John’s baptism of repentance? Because at His baptism, Jesus accepted His mission as God’s suffering servant on behalf of all sinful men and women. By submitting humbly to John’s baptism, Jesus gave us a foreshadowing of the “baptism” of His bloody death on the cross, where, out of love, He gave His life for the remission of our sins (Mark 10:38,45).

Because Jesus humbled Himself so completely, His Father proclaimed in an audible voice how delighted He was in Him (Mark 1:11). The Holy Spirit, too, was present, anointing Jesus for the work He was about to begin. At His baptism, Jesus became the source of the Spirit for all who would believe in Him. The heavens were opened, the Spirit fell, and a new creation was inaugurated.

If we want to experience the power and grace of this new creation in our own lives, we must follow Jesus’ example. Saint Gregory of Nazianzus, a fourth-century Church father, gives us this advice: “Let us be buried with Christ by baptism in order to rise with Him. Let us rise with Him in order to be glorified with Him.” If we want to be changed, let us ask the Holy Spirit to forge the same humility in our hearts that Jesus showed at His baptism. As we do, heaven will be opened for us as well.

Jesus is ever ready to renew us in His Spirit and to anoint us for mission. He wants to make us “light” and “salt” to those around us (Mt 5:13,14). He wants His love and truth to shine through us so that others will be touched by His goodness. Ask the Lord to fill you with His Holy Spirit so that you may radiate the joy of the Gospel to those around you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, when Christ was baptized in the river Jordan the Holy Spirit came upon Him and Your voice proclaimed from heaven “Thou art My beloved Son; with Thee I am well pleased”. 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 name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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