The Baptism of the Lord
Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
In today’s Gospel, the people are waiting with expectation of the coming of the Messiah. John is the focus point for the people. They believe that it is he who is the One. John knows differently he has spent his ministry preparing the way for the Christ and bringing people to knowledge of the Christ. The One who is to come is much more powerful than John, as He baptises with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus like everyone else waits in line to be baptised by John. John recognises him as the One. By his waiting in line Jesus shows that he has taken his place among the history of humanity with its joys, the sorrows, and the pressure and the emotions of humanity. He enters truly into the depths of humanity and fully takes on all that humanity has to offer.
Since Jesus enters into our lives, we too through our baptism enter into his. We take on what Jesus has to offer us. We enter and receive grace that allows us to live our lives according to his way. Our baptism allows us to follow his way, believe and have complete trust in him. Put simply we enter fully into God’s love. He offers us an invitation to this love, at our baptism and awaits our acceptance.
In the Gospel the heavens open and a voice is heard recognising Jesus as the Son, God’s beloved. At our baptism when we enter into the life offered to us by God, we too are recognised as sons and daughters of God.
At that moment of baptism in the Gospel we recognise Jesus as the One sent by God, we see him as he truly is. We also see revealed the most Holy Trinity present in the life of humanity. When we are baptised we too are baptised in the name of the Trinity, water touches our heads in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and we enter in the life of the community of God Himself. Baptism is a new birth, where we cast off the shades of darkness, sin, and we put on the armour of light, Christ. Water is needed to preserve life, and cleanliness, by using water we are washed of our sin and given a new life, a new life in Christ.
Baptism is our initiation into this life, and we begin the most wonderful and beautiful journey led by Christ to our Heavenly Father, Christ is our guide to the Father. In this journey we place all our faith, through good times and bad into the hands of Christ as he continues to led us to the Father.
Faith allows us to receive the sacraments of the Church freely and willingly. In this way because of our faith, we are open to receive the grace of God that which he lavishes upon us. By faith we are ready to travel on this journey with God and grow deeper into his love and be at one with him through the most Holy Trinity
The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. John answered them all, “I baptize you with[a] water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
-Luke 3:15-16, 21-22