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Sunday 13th January, 2013
Baptism of the Lord. W. Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11. O bless the Lord, my soul - Ps 103(102):1-4, 24-25, 27-30. Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7. Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 [St Hilary].

  
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‘You are my Son: today I have fathered you.’

Jesus has just been baptised by John. There’s a crowd nearby. Many of them have also been baptised. Jesus feels the enormity of the occasion and kneels to pray. Then, suddenly, something happens to change everything. The heavens open and the Holy Spirit descends in the form of a dove and God speaks to his son.

What an overwhelming experience it must have been for everyone who witnessed the event. Jesus had shown both acceptance of his humanness and solidarity with the people. The loving words of his father must have given him strength and courage to set out on the mission that would lead to the cross. May we too accept the privilege and the responsibility of our own baptism. May it decide how we live our lives.

 

 

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