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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 8, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Is 42:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10
Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

It is interesting to note that we're not aware during some of the most significant events of our lives. We do not recall the day of our birth and some are no longer aware as death approaches. It reminds us of our total dependence on God.

The very first significant day in our spiritual life is the day of our baptism, and once again most of us do not recall that day. We are never the same after that day, for we can be called sons and daughters of God!

Today we celebrate in the beautiful liturgy, the feast of the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. There are many considerations one can take from today's readings. One is that Christ, early in His public ministry, humbled Himself to be baptized by St. John the Baptist. He modeled the necessity of humility and also the need for the intervention of the Father and Holy Spirit.

As we go about our unique ways of building up the kingdom of God, we might often recall that God is working in and through us. Let us hope that at the end of our lives we might hear the words that the Father spoke to Christ on the day of His baptism and as stated in the gospel of today, "This is my beloved servant in whom I am well pleased."

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
(jmurphy at utica dot edu)

January 8, 2007

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

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