Baptism of the Lord A
“At this, John gave in to him.”
Can you imagine it?
John has been waiting all his life to see the Messiah and to point him out to the people of Israel.
And here he comes.
But wait. Jesus wants John to baptize him!
Should it not be the other way around?
It would be like Jesus coming to our house and wanting to prepare a meal for us, do the dishes, mop the floor, clean the house and do the washing and ironing.
We would object as well.
And Matthew tells us, “John gave into Jesus.
So, the Lord gives way to the servant.
The master gives way to the slave.
How strange is this humility of Jesus!
In the fifth century hope Leo the great said, “Though Creator and Lord of all things, he chose to be one of us mortal men.”
Why did he do this?
He didn’t want us to go it alone.
In every baptism, Father leans over every child and in the person of Christ himself says,
“Margaret, Jimmy, the Christian community welcomes you with great joy.”
Our Heavenly Father gave us his Son so his Son can give us a community.
So, Margaret and every baptized child never have to go it alone.
Jesus gives us more than the forgiveness of sins, he gives us in a word, a family.
Baptism welcomes us into a family of people who care deeply about one another; who sacrifices themselves fo if r one another.
This family will now pray together, rejoice together, grieve together, struggle together, and above all, grow together in good times and in bad.
Our personal relationship with Jesus is our glue that keeps us together, whatever may happen to us in this world.
He will never fail us.
These words flow from the paper to the fabric of our lives once we allow ourselves to get to know each other – sharing a breakfast, working on a project, getting involved in a parish ministry.
When we do that week by week, month by month, we will find this world is made up of a lot of good people, people who were fun to hang out with no matter what we are doing.
It’s not about what we do, it’s about who we are with, each other, our parish family.
Good people who love God and other people and make a huge difference in this world, one person, one event at a time.
And amazing as it is, it all begins with a little drop of water on a person’s head, “I baptize you, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Peace be with you, everyone.