Nutshells

Nutshells.

 

Fr. Robert’s brief reflection on the gospel for this Sunday, 12th January.  The Baptism of the Lord. 

 

Theme:  True life in Christ.

 

In his short and compact account of the Baptism of the Lord, Matthew begins with John trying to turn this public act on its side.  John felt unworthy that he was going to baptise our Lord.  Jesus comforts John by saying that, “In this way, do all that righteousness demands”.

 

When all was over, God spoke from heaven and said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on him”,  proclaiming divine approval.

 

Jesus had to encounter baptism to unite himself with those to whom he would be ministering.   Remember, the incarnation is about the humanity and divinity of God in Jesus.  Jesus had a human and divine duty to be baptised, and this was administered by John.

 

Baptism is the first Sacrament that the Church confers upon her faithful.  It opens up the Church’s doors and welcomes a new member.  As the blessed water falls from the forehead of the candidate, the Church Universal welcomes its newest member.

 

Once we are baptised we belong to the family of all Christian believers.  We are entitled to the rites of that unique family.  These rites aid us on our journey of faith. Through Confirmation, Reconciliation and the Eucharist, to name three of the seven sacraments of the Church, we walk the pilgrim path from the cradle to the grave.

 

So today as we remember our Lord’s own Baptism, we give thanks for our own Baptism to life in Christ, and admission to the family of all believers, the Christian Church.

 

“May God, who has received you by baptism into his Church, pour upon you the riches of his grace, that within the company of Christ’s pilgrim people  you may daily be renewed by his anointing Spirit, and come to the inheritance of the saints in glory”.        

 

[Common Worship Order of Baptism]

            

 

Fr. Robert.

 

Key words:  Baptism - from the Greek BAPTIZO, meaning immersion




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