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Gospel Reflection for January 13
Fr. Luke passed away on August 10. Prior to his illness, he had prepared gospel reflections for each Sunday of the Liturgical year. We will continue to share his wisdom and faith.
Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

January 13, 2019—The Baptism of the Lord

  Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

Sam Houston, first president of Texas, lived a “colorful life.” But as he grew older, he decided to be baptized. When told his sins had been washed away, Sam replied, “God help the fish.”

Today we celebrate Jesus’ baptism by John in the Jordan.  John’s was a baptism of repentance, but Jesus never sinned.  Why was He baptized?  Sam Houston thought his sins would taint the water and kill fish.  But Jesus was baptized to bless the water, anticipating his sacrament of Baptism. Water in the Jordan is bonded to humidity in the air, and this to moisture in the clouds, which falls again to the earth filling rivers, lakes, and oceans. When Jesus stood in the Jordan, he blessed all the water on earth.

Jesus’ baptism was also the first public manifestation of the Trinity: Jesus, the voice of the Father (“my beloved Son”), and the Holy Spirit descending in the form of a dove.

So today’s Gospel anticipates Christian baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Baptism gives us a share in the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus. It washes away the death of sin, gives us the new life of grace, and makes us temples of God’s presence and heirs of heaven.

All these effects of baptism are important, but none is more significant for everyday life than the fact that the Trinity lives in us. Two great helps to remember this are the Sign of the Cross and the prayer, “Glory be.” Wearing Mary’s Miraculous Medal should also remind us of the Trinity. Mary’s Child is the Second Person of the Trinity. Jesus is God the Father’s Son, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Sam Houston said after his baptism, “God help the fish.”  John the Baptist could have said after Jesus’ baptism, “He blessed the water to give new life.” And Mary shows us how to live it.

Read last week's reflection.