25. Jesus’ baptism was not like our own, which introduces us to the life of grace, but a consecration prior to his embarking on the great mission of his life.
To say the least. One commentator I read recently suggested that the Lord’s baptism was more a consecration of the Earth’s water anticipating our later dedication to the Father in Christ.
The Gospel says that at his baptism the Father rejoiced and was well pleased: “You are my beloved Son” (Lk 3:22). Jesus immediately appeared filled with the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit into the desert. There he prepared to go forth to preach and to work miracles, to bring freedom and healing (cf. Lk 4:1-14). Every young person who feels called to a mission in this world is invited to hear the Father speaking those same words within his or her heart: “You are my beloved child”.
For those of us who see ourselves as part of the gospel mission, can we hear these words? And do those of us who teach, mentor, or rear people into adulthood, do we suggest they prepare their ears for this vital affirmation?
Remember to check Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.
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