Baptism of the Lord

Lk 3: 15-16, 21-22

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the 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 Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Pleasing to God

When John the Baptist baptized Jesus, the Holy Spirit descended from heaven, testifying that Jesus truly was the Father’s Son in whom he was well pleased.

Though most of us probably don’t recall our own baptism, God has blessed us, too, and has made us his own children in whom he is well pleased. We know that though we are by no means perfect and do not deserve such love, it is nevertheless who and what we are.

What a great gift this is! Our response should be to gratefully receive God’s love and blessing, and show our gratitude by the care and love we show for ourselves and others.

Can we recall a time when we have realized in some way how valuable and precious human beings are to God? Do we sometimes belittle ourselves or others?

—Fr. Frank Majka, SJ, is a priest of the Midwest Province who lives at the Jesuit community at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI.

 

Prayer

Almighty ever-living God, who, when Christ had been baptized in the River Jordan and as the Holy Spirit descended upon him, solemnly declared him your beloved Son, grant that your children by adoption, reborn of water and the Holy Spirit, may always be well pleasing to you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

—Collect prayer for today’s Mass