Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 12, A.D. 2003
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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