THE BAPTISM OF LORD IS THE MODEL OF OURS
To do what righteousness demands. Righteousness for John the Baptist meant punishment of the sinner. But for Jesus it meant coming down to pick us up in hope and forgiveness. Though sinless, he entered the muddy waters of humanity. He did not stand aloof from the sinners. He is the saviour of the sinner, not a messiah sent to gather the perfect into a club of the elite. He does not break the crushed reed nor quench the wavering flame. What does righteousness mean to me? Does it give me the right to judge others as inferior to myself?
The baptism of Jesus is the model of ours. The divine revelation at the Jordan enlightens us about our relationships with the three Divine Persons. The Father loves us as his beloved children. The Son, in mercy, enters the rivers of humanity to rescue the sinner. The Holy Spirit, dove of peace, rests on the soul in a constant, divine presence.
HAPPY FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD – Fr Francis, MSP