What does the Word of God tell us this Sunday? THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
The heavens were opened and the voice of the Father thundered: This is my beloved Son, listen to him.
The last Sundays we have celebrated three consecutive holidays: first, Christmas, when Jesus manifested himself as a child, but at the same time as the Son of God made flesh. Later, on the feast of Epiphany, he manifested himself as the Savior of all people and of all peoples. Today, on the feast of his Baptism, he reveals himself to us as the beloved Son of God the Father, receiving the Holy Spirit who comes to dwell in him and to guide him in his new mission of announcing the Kingdom of God. He can now openly begin his mission.
Jesus lived an experience in the Jordan that marked his life forever. He no longer stayed with the Baptist. He also did not return to his work in the village of Nazareth. Moved by an irrepressible impulse, he began to travel the roads of Galilee announcing the Good News of God.
On this Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we are called to be aware of how we too, through our own baptism, are beloved daughters and sons of the Father, and how the fire of the Spirit should lead us to be messengers of the Good News, the gospel, brought to us by Christ our Lord.