Baptism Of Love

Missionary Weekly Reflection
Sunday, 12 January 2020
Feast Of The Baptism Of Jesus
Isa. 42:1-4,6-7; Ps. 29:1a,2,3ac-4,3b,9b-10; Acts. 10:34-38; Mat. 3:13-1.

Today the church invites us to ponder the event of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist at the Jordan River. For some of us we might realize and ask, “Why did Jesus receive a baptism? Isn’t He innocent? Isn’t baptism intended for purification of our sins?” It is true that Jesus, the Son of God was born as a human, involved in all human aspects, but not in sin. The baptism of Jesus at the Jordan River reveals the mystery of God’s love in the work of salvation.

This baptism of Jesus can be seen as the beginning of His missionary work. The person of Jesus is God’s servant as revealed by the Prophet Isaiah (Isa. 2:1-7) in the first reading. He is innocent, but He is sent to enter the sinfulness of human and to save the world. In this context, the baptism of Jesus is a symbol of His love totality to resemble the sinful human whom He wants to save. Through this baptism, the will of God is fulfilled – to begin God’s work of salvation as God’s servant who will suffer and die for redemption of the world. “Leave it like this for the time being; it is fitting that we should, in this way, do all that uprightness demands.” (Mat. 3:15)

Now we realize that through baptism we are called and involved in the work of God. This also makes all of us the “missionary of God’s love” in the world. Our decision to follow Jesus as a Christian also means an effort to always involve in the mission of Divine salvation. The attitude of caring for others, forgiveness and humility that we show in our daily lives – though not easy to implement – is a path that should be taken along with Christ. The Holy Spirit itself will enable us. God bless.

(Br. Kornelius Glossanto, SX – Xaverian Missionary)

DAILY DEDICATED PRAYER

Lord, our Father, I present my today prayer, thought, word, work, joy and sorrow in the unity with Your Son, Jesus Christ, who always presents Himself in the Eucharist for the world salvation. May the Holy Spirit, as the soul of Jesus, also lead and give me the strength today so that I am ready to be the witness of Your love.

Together with St. Mary, Mother of Jesus and the Church, I specially present my prayer to our Pope and Indonesian Church prayer apostles of this month:

For Evangelization intention:

To promote peace of the world: May the Christians, followers of other religions and the people with goodwill be willing to promote the peace and justice in this world. We pray

For Indonesian Churches intention:

Building solidarity: For the sake of real solidarity to the poor and needy, may Catholic families would set their food portion adequately to avoid food wasting. We pray

Special Intention:

We entrust all people in our diocese to Your Spirit of Love, so they may have more faith in You, Lord of Justice, by creating social justice. We pray

Amen

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