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<< Sunday, January 12, 1997 >> Baptism of Jesus
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 29

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Acts 10:34-38
Mark 1:7-11

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"I begin to see." —Acts 10:34
"He saw." —Mark 1:10

The first action of Jesus after His baptism was: "He saw." When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River by John, "immediately on coming up out of the water He saw" the sky split and the Spirit descend on Him (Mk 1:10). In today's second reading, before Cornelius and his household received the Holy Spirit, Peter began preaching to them in "these words; 'I begin to see' " (Acts 10:34). In today's first reading, it is prophesied that the Messiah upon Whom God's Spirit rests will "open the eyes of the blind" (Is 42:7).

Today's celebration of the baptism of Jesus is associated with seeing God, others, and ourselves in a new way. After receiving the graces of this last day in the Christmas season, we will "no longer know Him by" our old standards (2 Cor 5:16). We will see God not as a force or a thing or even as only a person; we will see Him as our own Father Who loves us (and even likes us) (Mk 1:11). This will transform the way we see ourselves. We will truly believe we are chosen, beloved, royal, priestly, and holy (see 1 Pt 2:9). Then we will see other people as God sees them. We will love our neighbors as ourselves (Mt 22:39). We will "esteem the person of every" human being (1 Pt 2:17).

On this last day of the Christmas season, renew your baptismal promises, open your eyes, and receive the Spirit.

Prayer: Father and Son, today send the Holy Spirit, the true Christmas Spirit.
Promise: "I formed You, and set You as a Covenant of the people, a Light for the nations." —Is 42:6
Praise: Praise God the Father! Praise Jesus, His beloved Son! Praise the Holy Spirit, Who renews "the face of the earth!" (Ps 104:30)
(To help live out your baptism, order our leaflet, Lent and the Renewal of Your Baptismal Promises.)
Nihil obstat: Reverend Edward J. Gratsch, June 20, 1996
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 26, 1996
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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