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Year A – Feast of the Baptism of the Lord – January 12, 2014 – Gospel Reflection

Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7; Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10 (R/. 11b); Acts 10:34-38; cf Mark 9:7; Matthew 3:13-17

ImageToday, the Christmas season comes to a close with another epiphany of Jesus as God’s beloved Son.  The importance of Jesus’ baptism is underlined in that the first three Gospels directly describe it, and John’s Gospel mentions it as having already happened.  Why did Jesus need to be baptized?  John the Baptist asks this himself in Matthew’s account.  Jesus responds by saying, “To fulfill all righteousness.”  Scholars interpret this remark as showing Jesus’ solidarity with sinners, those for whom he had been sent, even though he himself did not sin.

The central moment occurs when Jesus is coming out of the water.  The Holy Spirit descends upon him, and, in Matthew only, the Father announces, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”  More than a public service announcement for those present then, it proclaims to us now, Jesus is the Son of the Father.

He will go from this event to be tempted in the desert, and then into his ministry of preaching, teaching, healing, and casting our demons.  As we return to Ordinary Time, consider what tasks God has given to us.

Do you see your Baptism as rooting you in a life of service?

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Year C – Ordinary Time – Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – May 26, 2013 – Gospel Reflection

Proverbs 8:22-31; Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R/. 2a), Romans 5:1-5; cf. Revelation 1:8; John 16:12-15

Picture the Trinity.  What do you see?  Perhaps it is the traditional image found in paintings and stained glass of the Father as a dignified elderly man, the risen Christ standing or sitting by his side, and the Holy Spirit as a dove, hovering over the two.  The effect is rather static, frozen in eternity.  Better yet to take the lead of today’s readings about an energetic, dynamic, active, God – a God who delights in creating, pouring divine love into our hearts, endlessly calling us, wooing us, surprising us, guiding us to all truth, sharing with all of us. 

The mystery of the Trinity, God as Father and Son and Holy Spirit, baffles the mind.  Three in One, One in Three!  Who can make sense of it?  Again and again all mind, heart, and spirit can do is bow down in wonder and awe.  We can come to this posture in different ways:  experiencing our own delight in creation, opening our hearts to the person of Jesus found in the Gospels, and being attentive to the way the Spirit continues to work in our world and our lives. 

How do you   imagine the Most Holy Trinity? 

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