20160110 - The Baptism of the Lord

posted Jan 4, 2016, 4:17 PM by Domain Admin   [ updated Sep 9, 2016, 9:36 PM ]

Gospel of Luke 2: 41-52

Maricel's Reflection

In this gospel, John is idolized and the people are unaware that someone greater is coming to bless them with the Holy Spirit. The word that comes to mind is contentment. At times, we think that what is in front of us will suffice or that it's enough for us. However, this gospel reminds us that we are meant for more and that Jesus will bless us with more than we expected! Believe in more! Believe in what God can give and not what people can give because He will always give you more!

Alfred's Reflection

A question that I ask myself when I read this reading: Why does Jesus need to be baptized? He is the Son of God, born from a woman without original sin.

I think His baptism is one of many examples of Jesus choosing to do things with his people. This helps us better relate with Jesus and to help God more fully understand us (though I think God understood us without that).

This isn't a good example, but I think of the times when I was in Emmaus. Sometimes, early on, the peer leaders would get into groups and chat during youth ministry meetings. Jim would come over and break it up with a gentle reminder that we should sit amongst the participants. We should be present with them, not a separate elitist or clique-ish group.

Maybe a better example would be how you fully understand being a parent until you become a parent yourself. You can experience having a parent when you're young. You can observe other parents. You can read books on parenting and talk to people about parenting. It's different when you first hold your newborn baby in your arms. When you feed the baby. When you put that baby to sleep. When you're responsible for raising that child and guiding the right way. You have to experience it to fully understand it.

I often think about how God could have chosen to save us without ever leaving Heaven, without sending Jesus to earth. I don't know if that would have been possible. But, I am thankful that Jesus came to be with us, to walk among us, to be a child like the rest of us, to be baptized like us, to experience all the little things that it means to be human. When I pray to Jesus about my day-to-day struggles, I imagine that He understands my prayers better and is able to be more deeply sympathetic towards me.