Mon, 6 January 2014
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10
Jesus presents himself for John's baptism in today's Gospel, not because He is a sinner, but to fulfill the word of God proclaimed by His prophets. He must be baptized to reveal that He is the Christ ("anointed one") - the Spirit-endowed Servant promised by Isaiah in today's First Reading.
His baptism marks the start of a new world, a new creation. As Isaiah prophesied, the Spirit descends upon Jesus like a dove - as the Spirit hovered over the face of the deep in the beginning (see Genesis 1:2).
As it was in the beginning, at the
God had long prepared the Israelites for His coming, as Peter preaches in today's Second Reading. Jesus was anticipated in the "beloved son" given to Abraham (see Genesis 22:2,12,26), and in the calling of
He is "a covenant of the people [
Christ has become the source from which God pours out his Spirit on Israelites and Gentiles alike (see Acts ). In Baptism, all are anointed with that same Spirit, made beloved sons and daughters of God. Indeed, we are Christians - literally "anointed ones."
We are the "sons of God" in today's Psalm - called to give glory to His name in His temple. Let us pray that we remain faithful to our calling as His children, that our Father might call us what he calls His Son - "my beloved. . . in whom I am well pleased."