Sunday Reflection: Feast of Baptism of the Lord (January 12, 2014)


As you read the reflection for this First Sunday in Ordinary Time, on the Baptism of our Lord, I invite you to ask yourselves:

How do I accept others? How do I accept my own self?

Teilhard de Chardin

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I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.” — Isaiah 42:6-7
“In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.” — Acts 10:34

This weekend is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The readings can be found here. This Feast is both the last day of the Christmas season and the First Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The Baptism of Jesus is an interesting conundrum for Biblical scholars and theologians. This event is contained in all four Gospels and even the most skeptical Biblical scholars believe that it is a historical event. This leads to a more perplexing question: Why would the Son of God be baptized…

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