Today the Church celebrates the Baptism of the Lord. It is one of the three events that overall encompass Epiphany – the visit of the Magi, the wedding at Cana and the baptism in the Jordan. These all revealed Jesus as the Son of God.
In today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 3, we see the scene of Jesus coming to John to be baptized. John protests, but Jesus tells him to go ahead. After His baptism, the Spirit of God descended upon Him. “And a voice came from the heavens, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.'”
This reveals much about the loving Father. Not only does he love the Eternal Son, he loves all his sons and daughters. That means you. I’ve found this is something that many struggle with. Because of our sins, we don’t fell lovable. We don’t deserve God’s love. Yet he freely lavishes his love upon us. Reflect on that today. In the eyes of the Father, you hold the title of “My Beloved.”
Father, thank you for your love for all your sons and daughters. May we know, feel and share that love more today. Amen.
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