Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 10 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 or Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10
Acts 10:34-38 or Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7
Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Last Sunday, we celebrated "Little Christmas," the Epiphany of the Lord.
Jesus, as an infant, is already preparing the way for His mission to the world. That mission is to bring the light of God's truth and God's love into the world's ignorance and lack of love. And so, the Father sends a star to guide foreign "magi" - wise men - to see the light for themselves. Today's feast is another "epiphany" of Jesus as He is about to begin His preaching and healing.
To the amazement of His cousin, Jesus goes into the desert to receive John's baptism of repentance. Here, surrounded by ordinary sinners and seekers, Jesus, the sinless One, requests John to baptize Him. John protests, then gives assent to Jesus' request. While John pours the water, Luke tells us that Jesus "prayed." We wonder what Jesus was praying about. Was it to the Father that He show some sign of His approval for Jesus who now "goes public"? His prayer is answered in a most dramatic fashion. The heavens open, a voice thunders, "You are my beloved Son; with You I am well pleased!" We are told that the third Person of the Holy Trinity, in bodily form, takes the form of a dove, visible to all onlookers. He, too, endorses Jesus' mission.
As we close the Christmas season today, can there be any doubt that Jesus has come to invite all people to know the Truth, and in love, to share that Truth with one's family and friends? We, too, have been baptized, not with the baptism of John, but with the Baptism of Jesus Himself, in the water of life and the fire of God's love. The Holy Spirit also gives His approval to our witnessing to Jesus' message of love and truth. What a great message to carry with us into this new Year of Grace!
~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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Sunday, January 10, 2010
The Baptism of the Lord
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