The Baptism of the Lord January 10, 2021

Mark 1:7-11  "The Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens,  “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

Saint Gregory of Nyssa 

Readings

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 of 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, like a dove, descending upon him.
And a voice came from the heavens, 
“You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

Reflection:

 

When asked, “Who are you?” we usually respond with our name. We may add our parents’ names, religion, or the country we belong to. It’s who we are. It’s our identity. The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord reveals Jesus’ true identity, not only as the Son of God, but as God’s “beloved.” This identity enables Jesus to walk the path to Jerusalem where the ultimate price of being God’s beloved ends with his excruciating death - and, his resurrection! Being God’s beloved is Jesus’ source of comfort in times of distress; a fountain of joy in times of sorrow and loneliness; a wellspring of hope and strength in times of feeling abandoned, like the moment when he cried out, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” on the cross. We, too, like Jesus, are God’s beloved. As we journey through life in the midst of this pandemic, today’s feast reminds us of our true identity before God. Yes, we have names, we belong to a certain family, to a certain race, to a certain clan. But we are, most of all, God’s beloved children, not just God’s children. Beloved though imperfect; beloved though poor; beloved though unworthy of it. And yes, how often do we forget this! How often do we ignore this! However, God continues to reach out to us, lift us up when we fall, hold our hands when we’re afraid, dry our tears when we grieve, brighten the road when it’s dark. Whether aware of it or not, God continues to love us, forgive us, accept us. Always with us, caring for us. You know why? Because as a Lover, God will never abandon his or her beloved. God, the Lover, will never forget God’s beloved - you and me!

by Fr. Jovito Dales, SSC