Holy Spirit Baptism
When Jesus came up to John, baptizing in the wilderness, John was the well-known one. People came streaming out of the towns into the rough land to be baptized, and the need for change swept over them. John’s teaching of repentance and charity intrigued many, and they wondered whether he was the Messiah they had longed for. But John sets them straight – there’s another coming after me – wait for him.
The passage we have just heard comes at the very beginning of Jesus’ adult ministry. We heard about his birth, and his amazing knowledge as he stayed at the temple as a twelve-year-old. In that passage Jesus affirms that God is his Father.
In today’s reading, we hear God affirming the same thing – You are my Son, my beloved. With you I am pleased. Back in ancient Palestine, knowledge of reproductive biology was not as advanced as it is today. I Continue reading