January 10, 2010: Baptism of the Lord
Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who live in darkness. (Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7)
As we celebrate the baptism of the Lord Jesus, the Christmas season ends. Today’s gospel from St. Luke describes Jesus’ baptism by his cousin John. From now until next Advent we will hear about Jesus’ public ministry. Once again we see in the words of the prophet Isaiah, printed above, a description of Jesus himself who came to bring justice into our world through his ministry. He brought justice by freeing people in body, mind, or spirit so that each one could live as a child of God. Jesus’ ministry continues today in you and in me as the Holy Spirit works through us.
Even though you are young, Jesus has good works to do through you. Some suggestions can be found in the Scripture reading from Isaiah – living justly, gentleness, caring, and especially concern for those who suffer. Choose one and work hard to put it into practice in your daily life.