Journey into Freedom Day 26

The Baptism of Christ - Jesus, John the Baptist, a dove surrounded by water

Preparation: Begin by stilling, then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask that I may know Jesus more intimately, love him more dearly and follow him more closely.

Setting: Consider the Bible passage below, you can imagine you are John the Baptist, one of his followers, a bystander or Jesus himself. How does the story look from your point of view?

Mark 1:1-11 HCSB

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: Look, I am sending My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way. A voice of one crying out in the wilderness:

Prepare the way for the Lord; make His paths straight!

John came baptising in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were flocking to him, and they were baptised by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins. John wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. He was preaching: “Someone more powerful than I will come after me. I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of His sandals. I have baptised you with water, but He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.”

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John. As soon as He came up out of the water, He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending to Him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven:

You are My beloved Son; I take delight in You!

The Baptism of Christ - Jesus, John the Baptist, a dove surrounded by water

Follow the meditation on Scripture with a conversation with God and a Final Prayer.

Thought for Today: You, Eternal Trinity, are my Creator, and I am the work of Your hands, and I know through the new creation which You have given me in the blood of Your Son, that You are enamoured of the beauty of Your workmanship. - Catherine of Siena

Public Ministry

Today we begin following Jesus in his public ministry and his baptism by John the Baptist. An event marked in all four gospels with the acknowledgement of Jesus as the Beloved Son of God.

John calls for a change of heart, a recognition that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. He calls for people to live a life centred on God our creator.