The Baptism of the Lord Year C
‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you’
Almighty ever-living God, who, when Christ had been baptized in the River Jordan
and as the Holy Spirit descended upon him, solemnly declared him your beloved Son,
grant that your children by adoption, reborn of water and the Holy Spirit, may always be well pleasing to you.
In today’s joyous readings we are reminded of God’s kindness, compassion and love for all mankind; so much so that he sent his beloved Son, and poured out the ongoing gift of his creative Spirit upon us to redeem us.
The First Reading offers words of consolation and hope to God’s people in exile. The Lord comes with power to restore and protect his people, like a shepherd who guides and nourishes them.
The Psalm is a meditation on the glories of God in creation, where he looks after all he has made. The psalmist also reminds us that God’s spirit is the spirit of life, rebirth and renewal.
Paul’s letter (Second Reading) tells us that through his life and his giving of himself, Jesus embodied the kindness and love of God. The life-giving gifts of the Holy Spirit were revealed and shared with all.
Today’s Gospel describes the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus whilst he was at prayer, emphasizing the importance of both the Spirit and of prayer in Jesus’s life.
This week, let us pray for an openness and understanding of what the Holy Spirit is offering us and asking of us.