January 12, 2014: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?” Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him. After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matt. 3:13-17
Jesus’ baptism began his public ministry and helped identify him with the people, many of whom were broken and hurting. Jesus didn’t need to be baptized for the forgiveness of sin but he insisted as a way of taking his place beside and among the people he served. When we are baptized, we have a similar experience to Jesus in that the Spirit of God comes into our hearts, we are declared a child of God and God is happy with us.
In school, sports – everywhere – we are taught to be the best. We should always do our best but sometimes it’s equally as important that we work beside others to help them succeed, rather than always striving to out-do everyone. This week, find a person who could use a little help and spend time with them, whether it’s helping someone do their homework, be a better softball player or inviting someone who is not very popular to eat lunch with you and your friends. Remember, we are journeying alongside others, whether we are at school, home or work.