The Baptism Of The Lord, Year A, 8th January 2017

In ENGLAND AND WALES Sunday 8th January is celebrated as the Feast of the Epiphany and the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on Monday 9th January.

This is my Son the Beloved

As Christmastide draws to a close, today we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of The Lord which marks the start of Jesus’ ministry on earth.

The First Reading from Isaiah tells of the qualities of justice and compassion that God’s chosen one will bring to the earth.  He will come to us as a servant leader endowed with the spirit of God.

Psalm 28 proclaims the Glory of God in creation and how the Lord will bless his people with peace.

In the Acts of the Apostles, Peter teaches the early church that the Good News proclaimed by Jesus is not just for the chosen few but for all people who love God (Second Reading).

In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus is baptised by his cousin John in the Jordan despite John wondering why it is not he who is being baptised by Jesus.  Yet with humility and solidarity Jesus shows us the path to truth by entering into the waters of baptism.  The Holy Spirit descends on Jesus, and God proclaims that Jesus is his beloved son.  Theirs is a dynamic relationship of eternal, creative self-giving love.

As Christians baptised in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit we are called to follow Jesus in spreading the Good News to all people.

As we pray this week let us joyfully remember our baptismal promises so that we may follow Jesus more closely.