Today is the feast of the Baptism of Jesus.
It brings an end to the Christmas period.
Christmas is about birth.
Baptism is about rebirth. It is about letting go of the world of sin and embracing eternal life.
It is about being adopted into the inner life of God, into the life of the blessed Trinity.
Jesus was Baptised by John the Baptist.
At His Baptism, the Spirit comes upon Him and the Father says:
‘You are my Son the, the beloved; my favour rests on you.’
Later on, Jesus was to say that He loves us with the same love that the Father loves him.
Our Baptism ‘divinises‘ us.
We do not become God! However, we become one with God in love.
God lives in us and we live in God.
We are invited to pause in gratitude for the tremendous gift of our Baptism.
We are the beloved daughters and sons of God.
It is a tremendous privilege that brings with it responsibilities.
We share in the Mission of Jesus.
Hence our lifestyle needs to reflect what our Baptism means.
We have put on Christ. We need to act as Christ.
We are called and empowered to reject sin and to embrace life, the life of the Spirit.
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