“The Heavens Opened”
©2015 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Gospel: (Mark 1:7-11 / Baptism of The Lord)
“And he [John the Baptist] preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
Let us Pray: -1 Our Father -10 Hail Mary’s -Glory be… - Oh My Jesus…
Reflection: My Friends,
As God has chosen us, (He chose us first) God has also chosen Jesus to represent what we must do as we follow His only begotten Son. So that through God’s Grace and Love we are united spiritually with He who has died for us, to save us. Jesus had to be baptized. His life has always been about (do as I do), this example of humility and offering of Himself -helps us better understand how God in the form of man (Jesus) helps us through the transition of us being more close to Him, by doing all we can do to be like Him. Yes indeed, that was a long sentence with not much time to breath, but I hope the reflection of this thought made sense.
In my research this is what I have found about Baptism:
Catechism of The Catholic Church
THE SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION
THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
1223 All the Old Covenant prefiguration’s find their fulfillment in Christ Jesus. He begins his public life after having himself baptized by St. John the Baptist in the Jordan.17 After his resurrection Christ gives this mission to his apostles: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."18
1224 Our Lord voluntarily submitted himself to the baptism of St. John, intended for sinners, in order to "fulfill all righteousness."19 Jesus' gesture is a manifestation of his self-emptying.20 The Spirit who had hovered over the waters of the first creation descended then on the Christ as a prelude of the new creation, and the Father revealed Jesus as his "beloved Son."21
1225 In his Passover Christ opened to all men the fountain of Baptism. He had already spoken of his Passion, which he was about to suffer in Jerusalem, as a "Baptism" with which he had to be baptized.22 The blood and water that flowed from the pierced side of the crucified Jesus are types of Baptism and the Eucharist, the sacraments of new life.23 From then on, it is possible "to be born of water and the Spirit"24 in order to enter the Kingdom of God.
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Pondering these thoughts today: Throughout your Christian journey do you know the Joy of Jesus; that has been shared with you through your baptism? God spoke to Jesus for all to hear, are your ears open to His voice? Do you live a life transformed by the love Jesus has covered you with in your Baptism? The humility Jesus showed us in His Baptism is the same we must live in our Living Baptism through the power and love that The Holy Spirit we can do that.
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS
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