FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
JANUARY 10, 2021
BAPTISM OF THE LORD
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: 9-10)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus comes, ‘happens’, in human history. He comes like the others and for the same reason – to be baptized – but His coming is an event that tears apart human history. He does not come from the same place as the other baptizers, who were from Judea and Jerusalem. He comes from the margins, from unreliable and unknown places. He arrives and is immediately immersed – the first act He performed according to Mark is ‘passion’ – in the waters of sin, loaded with a yoke that He still – after thirty years of hidden life in His village – ignores. He sinks into the invocation of reconciliation between heaven and earth. And – rising from the waters – He sees the invisible, and hears the unheard of. Heaven is torn (as the veil of the temple will be torn in Mk 15:38) and the Holy Spirit descends (announced by John); the Voice proclaims You Son, the Beloved. From that moment, immersing Himself, in obedience to Love, in the fragile and sinful human being is a divine act. From desert to desert, He leads to the resurrection.
Lord, who enters human history from the abysses inhabited by the poor and sinners: give us your Spirit to make us, in your footsteps, children who freely love our brothers and sisters. You live and reign today and for centuries.
The Voice of Bruno Maggioni, Biblist
The Spirit who intervened in the primitive chaos to rearrange it, intervenes here to bring about the new creation: the history of the new world begins from the baptism of Jesus. Jesus, and the primitive community after Him, loved to refer to the great prophecy of Isaiah, which spoke of the Servant loved by God and yet persecuted, faithful to the Lord and in solidarity with His people to the point of bearing the sins of all on His shoulders. It is in this sense that Jesus is proclaimed the beloved Son: divine sonship does not subtract Him from suffering, on the contrary it commits Him to a saving mission for others, in solidarity and persecution. In Jesus of Nazareth the Kingdom of God has arrived, and the arrival of the Kingdom gives rise to a movement that demands an answer.
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