The Word Made Flesh

The Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of Jesus was an epiphany.  It was a moment of manifestation.  As He emerged from the waters, “Heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove.  And a voice came from Heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.’”  This manifestation of the sonship and divinity of Jesus took place in a physical, audible and visible form so that all present would know, without question, that Jesus was the Son of the Father.  Thus, His baptism is a way in which the Father introduced His Son and His Son’s mission to the world.
As we prepare to begin Ordinary Time, reflect, today, upon these words of the Father at the Baptism of Jesus.  Hear the Father speaking to You about the divinity of His Son.  Turn your eyes to Jesus and prepare yourself to follow Him and to heed every word He speaks.  He was sent into this world to draw us to the Father, allow Him to fulfill that mission in your own life.
As baptized Christians, we are called to live faithfully, generously and courageously our missions, which is ultimately God’s mission, as Prophet, King (or Queen) and Priest everyday of our lives.
May your ordinary activities and works become extraordinary, significant and meaningful for you and your people around you.
We will reflect St. Teresa of Calcutta’s Words of Wisdom (WOW) to live out our faith these few weeks.