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  • Fr. Tarcisio

Reflection of the Word of God. THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

The baptism that Jesus received in the Jordan River, meant a decisive moment to begin his public life. John recognized him as the "Lamb of God", "the one who takes away the sins of the world", "the one who was to come to save his people ...", and the voice from heaven and the Holy Spirit make him known as the beloved Son of the Father. From there, Baptism is not only a rite of purification with water, but a consecration to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The baptized not only receives water, but also the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God that gives life.

According to all biblical tradition, the "Spirit of God" is the breath of God that creates, envelops and sustains the whole of life. The strength that God possesses to renew and transform the living. For this reason, Jesus feels sent, not to condemn, destroy or curse, but to heal, build and bless. Filled with that good "Spirit" of God, he dedicates himself to freeing "evil spirits" that do nothing but harm, enslave and dehumanize.

The Book of Acts of the Apostles reminds us of the essentials of Jesus' activity after Baptism: “You know the word that he sent to the Israelites as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all, what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.”

As a Christian, do I give proper importance to my baptism? Have I ever thought about what it means to be baptized, that is, to be immersed, soaked in the infinite love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit?

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