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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 12, A.D. 2003

Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7
Psalm 29:1-4,9-10
Acts 10:34-38
Mark 1:7-11

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today we are celebrating the Baptism of the Lord, the moment when John the Baptist performed the ritual baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River and God thundered His approval of Jesus as the sky opened and the Holy Spirit came upon Him. This was the mighty manifestation of God's approval - that Jesus would now begin His public ministry that would culminate in Christ's perfect obedience to the Father, giving His own precious life for the forgiveness of sins.

In these days of general disbelief, of waning faith and growing paganism, we are consoled and strengthened by this great feast, knowing that what we have been given, is the greatest of all sacred truths: Jesus is our Lord, He is our God, He is our Redeemer! Yes, we celebrate this great feast!

As John the Baptist declared to his followers, "I have baptized you in water; He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit." Yes! We too are baptized in the water of Baptism and in the fire of the Holy Spirit! Let us cast off the snare of sin and Satan, and avail ourselves of the graces given us in the water and the fire. Let us proclaim with our lives that God lives in us today and always!

- Joachim, ocds


The Baptism of Jesus

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