Shalom – 09/01/2017
Mon 9th January 2017
Baptism of the Lord (A)
Is. 42:1-4,6-7 or Acts 10:34-38
Mk. 3:13- (Psalter proper)
One of the consequences of the Incarnation is that Jesus himself does everything that he asks us to do. Hence he has the same experiences which we have though in a more intense form. He increased in age and wisdom and grace, as we are expected and should hope to do. He asked us to take up our cross daily and follow him as he carried his cross before us. So too, he received baptism as we have done, yet with a deeper, or at least much different, experience than any of us have had.
The account of Jesus’ baptism at the hands of John in the river Jordan is recorded in the Gospel for us, and so provides an opportunity for us to reflect on the significance of the sacrament of Baptism in itself as well as the significance of our own baptism.
The opening verses of the passage from Isaiah reveal to us some of the graces of Baptism. Along with Jesus, we become servants of God and are promised that God will always uphold us. God’s providential care of us is one of the great consolations of our faith for, as Jesus says, “I am not alone for the Father is with me”.
Father, enlighten us that we may savour more deeply the consolations of our faith and Baptism.