Jesus the Beloved

Homily Jesus is the Savior and the Beloved and God wants us to know Jesus personally.

Jesus identifies with us. Jesus had no need of baptism, but he humbles himself to receive this baptism from John so that we can identify with Him. He makes himself relatable and approachable so that we will draw close to Him. That what He desires.

We hear the heavens opened.  Jesus is revealed as a member of the Trinity and God’s voice makes Him known as the Beloved Son. Publicly making Him known so that people will be drawn to Him.

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The Bountiful Blessings of Baptism – A Homily for the Baptism of the Lord

Today’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a moment to reflect not only on the Lord’s baptism, but also on our own. For in an extended sense, when Christ is baptized, so are we, for we are members of his body. As Christ enters the water, he makes holy the water that will baptize us. He enters the water and we who are members of his Body go with him. And in these waters he acquires gifts to give us, as we shall see below.

Let’s examine this text in three stages:

1. The Fraternity of Baptism – The text says Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?”

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