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Dawning of God's Kingdom

The Baptism of the Lord – on the surface this is a puzzling and even contradictory idea: Jesus - He, who is sinless - is baptized by John in the river Jordan. Using imaginative contemplation, let us witness this event.  John is carrying out his ministry at the Jordan, preparing for the salvation of Israel by the Messiah, baptizing large numbers of people in this main river in Palestine.  Jesus, having come from Nazareth in Galilee, approaches John, who regards himself unworthy to untie Jesus’ sandals. As part of God’s plan, Jesus receives John’s baptism to identify with those who need repentance. At this end of today’s Gospel in Mark, we have an insight into the concept of the Trinity: the voice of the Father, the Baptism of the Son, and the descent of the Spirit. This is an extraordinary passage. Having ‘witnessed’ Jesus become a visible sign of the dawning of God’s kingdom, we are called to be part of that mission to convert hearts and establish relationships in God’s love.

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