January 9, 2022
The Baptism of Our Lord
Baptism of the Lord
“After all the people had been baptized and Jesus had been baptized … the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. … a voice came from heaven … ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.’”
In our baptism, God claims us for God’s self. We are chosen; we are a special people. When we realize we are chosen by God, and we recognize that we are special, we understand that we are charged by God with a responsibility to become the person we are meant to be. A person can say, “I am beloved.” Yet it is an entirely different matter to make these words our own. Being beloved is not at all about being superior. It is, however, a humble acknowledgment of our relationship with God. A realization of truly how our actions reflect this special relationship with God present in our lives.
In our reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Peter speaks of how Jesus did good. How he healed the sick and lifted the oppressed. Each one of us receives a call from God in our baptism to be holy and to be grounded in love. This is our duty and the duty of all Christians. In addition, Peter reminds us that “God shows no partiality.” All people share a common reality. Our lives may take different forms, yet we are all made in the image and likeness of God.
As you recall our readings today, what is your favorite image of God? How does this image bring you comfort or challenge?
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len