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As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’
Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
The Baptism of Jesus was not like ours. He was not joining the group around John the Baptist. It was expressing solidarity with the people in a baptism of sorrow for sin, and of new life. He did what all did, becoming one of us.
He heard the best words he could hear. ‘You are my beloved.’ God led Jesus to John, to the faith people, to hear these words. In the community we each hear our personal word from God.
– One of us –
One of us, one with us, he could now be one for us.
We don’t know did anyone else hear this. But he did. Have you heard it in your life? At a sunset, in a prayer, the hand of a child? We all have times we are faced with huge mystery. Love, friendship, birth, death. Sometimes then we can sense the love and power of God.
He was involved fully in our lives as love. The Christian is called to do this – to be with each other at the times of need and of depth. Jesus did that – plunging himself into our humanity.
– Incarnation –
This is a feast of the incarnation – something new is happening in the world. It is also the feast of the wedding of Cana, the big sign of the new creation of God in Jesus Christ.
Jesus heard the music of God at his baptism with John and the community of the people. So let the music of love sound for us in God, and wherever we find it; let’s play that music for all the most needy of God’s people.
Lord, may I enter deeply into your life, as Jesus entered deeply into ours at his baptism. Amen.
Donal Neary SJ