BAPTISM of the LORD JESUS CHRIST

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Sunday, January 7, 2018 BAPTISM OF THE LORD JESUS   WORD of the DAY  It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John.  On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him.  And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”  (Mark 1: 9-11)   How shall I live this Word? The time of separation or enmity between God and human beings is over.  “The heavens are torn open” and a voice from Heaven confirms Jesus as the Son, the Beloved!  The Word that the Father pronounces over Jesus is said of all of humanity that in Jesus is totally gathered, finding in Him its authentic face, what it should have been according to the original design of God.  ‘It was very good’ (Genesis 1: 31), it is God’s pleasure!  It is the Spirit who works this communion, who brings us back to the original design: in Jesus, we can mirror ourselves and recognize ourselves as children.  In Him,...