Welcoming the Holy

Here we invite you to take time for yourself in personal prayer. The following spiritual reflection offers words and images which we hope will evoke for you an experience of God.


 
The Baptism of Jesus 
 

Opening Prayer         

Grant that we your children by adoption, reborn of water and the Holy Spirit, may bear witness to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, Your Son. Amen

Lord, God of all creation, in the waters of the Jordon, You revealed with signs and wonders a new Baptism, so that through the rains that come down from heaven, we might come to believe in Your Word dwelling among us
 

Reading

Mark 1: 7 – 11
This is what John the Baptist proclaimed: “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.
 
” It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, live a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”   
 

Reflection

Today marks the close of the Christmas season.

It was just a few weeks ago, we stood with the shepherds in that stable at Bethlehem where the angels told us we would find the Savior of the world lying in a manger.
Here we stand today with John the Baptist on the banks of the Jordan River as he calls out to us “Behold, the Lamb of God. The One mightier than I is coming.” And as we look down the road, Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee is approaching.
He asks John to baptize him and as he comes up out of the water, the heavens split open; the Spirit descends upon him as a dove ( the ancient sign of peace) ; a voice proclaims, “You are my beloved Son.”
Thus Mark begins his Gospel of the life and mission of Jesus among us. The Good news begins.
In choosing to be baptized, Jesus stands in solidarity with his people. He models for us openness to God’s plan. He invites us to Baptism, to be ourselves a child of God.
By our baptismal promises, we proclaim and celebrate how God has affirmed and empowered us in Jesus.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
Take some time today or this week to hear God saying to you : “ You are my beloved daughter/son; with you I am well pleased.”


 

Closing Prayer

Lord, Jesus, Son of the living God, You are the anointed one, our Savior and brother. Inspire us always to act on the grace of our Baptism.
Cleans us from our sin, open our eyes to Your life among us; grant us a greater awareness of our Christian responsibility to care for the poor, the homeless, the oppressed, the strangers in our lives; You who live and reign forever.
Amen.

 

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