Baptism of the Lord
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Reflection by Fr. Alberto Bueno, T.O.R.
My dear Brothers and Sisters,
This weekend we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. This solemnity closes the Christmas season. The baptism of Jesus connects the Christmas event with the ministry of the Lord which flowed from His baptism by John. As this celebration reminds us of our own baptism, it teaches us that all the events of the life of Jesus from His birth informed and formed Him into the preacher and healer He was (and is). Our past is an inherent part of ourselves; it informed and formed us into who we are today. Our whole life is a gift, the light and the shadow, the good and the not so good. Baptismal grace builds on our very nature our new reality as a child of God.
The Lord also demonstrates, by submitting to the baptism of John, that He has joined us in solidarity in all of our human reality and experience. It truly marks the beginning of the salvation which Christ came to share with us, which culminates in the Paschal Mystery of His Passion, death, and Resurrection. By submerging Himself in the waters of the Jordan Jesus literally plunges into the depths of human misery. Rising from the waters He elevates all humankind out of those depths into God’s marvelous light and life. Through Jesus’ solidarity we share in the divine life of the Godhead. This is sealed by the descent of the Holy Spirit and by the Father’s voice saying that Christ is His beloved Son with whom He is well pleased. And through Christ, the Father reminds us that we are His beloved sons and daughters pleasing to Him. May God, Father, Son and Spirit bless you all this day.
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