The Baptism of our Lord…

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http://vimeo.com/5903511

This video was done from the Gospel of Matthew’s account of Jesus’ Baptism…

Gift:  Wisdom

Reading:  After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”  (Luke 3:21-22)

Observation:  I read all of the readings this morning and if you look at the USCCB website for the daily readings there were two options for both the first and second readings for Mass today, but when I read the Gospel, these two verses above really spoke to me.  It wasn’t because of the fact that God spoke the amazing words that I put in bold letters above, but because the voice that came from Heaven, God, spoke these words after Jesus did something that seemed very beneath him to do.  Why should the Messiah have been baptized by John, and why did Luke explain it as if it was just something he did along with everyone else as well as the fact that he had joined everyone in prayer?

Personification:  Humility (Gentleness) & Modesty  I think this morning, God is calling me to look at the example of Jesus’ Baptism and realize that in order to truly follow the will of God, I must join the others in their prayer and not try to set myself apart from them in any way.  I must look for ways to make myself smaller and let God do the work in proclaiming what I am trying to do.  I think that is Luke’s message for me today, that I should remember that if the Savior of the world found a way to join the others in ordinary prayer, I should too.

Prayer:  Lord, I know that you did not need to be cleansed from any sin when you allowed John to Baptize you, but I thank you for giving me the example of service to others by allowing yourself to be used in a way that shows me the example for how to be in communion with others.  Please help me to find ways, with the help of your grace, to be more like you in my everyday life and join our brothers and sisters in ordinary prayer.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

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