Saturday, January 12, 2008

The turning point

Our Gospel reading for tomorrow is Matthew 3:13-17:

Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness." Then he consented.

And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased."

Holy Baptism is a visual symbol of death and resurrection - death to an old way of life and resurrection to the new. Christian baptism is initiation into the Church.

Baptism marked a turning point for Jesus. For Jesus, baptism was the beginning of his public life and ministry and he never looked back. His life was never again the same after his baptism, but he always knew he was God's beloved. All of that should hold true for all of us.

In peace,

The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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