The Baptism of the Lord

Plunged With Christ – Gospel in Preparation for the Baptism of the Lord

Plunged With Christ – Gospel in Preparation for the Baptism of the Lord

Something that I learned in life after baptism, as I sought to live the life of the good Christian and grow in union with God, is that baptism is more than something that we receive. It is a promise to be kept to the Lord. The promise to, despite our failures and our weakness, continue to thrive in the Spirit and pursue his grace and kingdom. When Christ received his own baptism, He made and fulfilled the perfect promise without fail even to the smallest degree. While this is not something that we can perfectly replicate, it is something we can prayerfully hope to imitate.

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A Moment to Behold! – First Reading in Preparation for the Baptism of the Lord

A Moment to Behold! – First Reading in Preparation for the Baptism of the Lord

What are we to do with this scripture? How are we to apply it? The answer is the first word: “Behold!” That is the one and only command. We are to visualize Jesus, contemplate with awe who he is, what he has come to do, and how he will go about doing it. We are to meditate on these verses from Isaiah and, when we do, we are to see Jesus. Every word of every Gospel, every story and every event, can and should be a place to pause and behold him in the light of these great promises. We are to behold him and, having beheld, worship, for he is the breathtaking fulfillment of every promise of God.

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