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HARVEST OF JOY AND GOD’S LOVE(Mt 3:13-17; Douay-Rheims Bible)

“Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan, unto John, to be baptized by him. But John stayed Him, saying: I ought to be baptized by Thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said to him: Suffer it to be so now. For so it becometh us to fulfill all justice. Then He suffered him. And Jesus being baptized forthwith came out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened to Him: and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him. And behold a voice from heaven, saying: This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

‭‭ My dearest beloved brethren, John the Baptist who was the forerunner of Jesus Christ, saw himself not worthy by any measure to be near Jesus whom he knew is the Messiah, the Savior everyone was waiting for. It was not surprising therefore that when Jesus wanted John the Baptist to baptize Him, John the Baptist went over the divinity of Jesus in his head and thought that Jesus should rather baptize him instead of the other way.

John the Baptist knew that he was but an ant before the Lord. He knew that Jesus is all-knowing, the supreme being, the Second person of the Holy Trinity, the one who has authority and power over everyone and over everything and over the whole world. John the Baptist couldn’t see himself getting near to this God the Son who was sent by God the Father Almighty and he was shaken by Jesus’ request.

I pray Lord to grant us the Grace of humility for us to understand that we are but ordinary dust before the Lord, and for us to acknowledge the omnipotence and the omnipresence of our Lord Jesus and to love, honor, and adore Him all the time, in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

Heavens acknowledged Jesus and presented Him to the world to come to save the world. You accepted Him and you’re following Him. The same God the Father who sent Jesus appreciates you because you embraced His own, dear children of God.

Today’s Bible reading says:

“And Jesus being baptized, forthwith came out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened to Him: and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him. And behold a voice from heaven, saying: This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

‭‭(Mt‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬-‭17‬).

The same Spirit of God descending from heaven as a dove after Jesus’ baptism, also descends upon every human being when we are baptized because we are made in the image of Christ.

The voice from heaven is the voice of God the Father. During our baptism, God the Father speaks the same words and announces that we are His beloved children in whom He is well pleased.

The point is that Jesus, after His baptism, spent His life preaching the Words of God and telling people about the Kingdom of God. He would rather die than associate Himself with anything unjust or evil and actually, the evil world persecuted and killed Him.

When we are baptized, we are given the grace to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Are we following in those footsteps even if it means our death? Do we out of fear or mundane threats compromise our followership of Christ?

I pray Lord to hold us tight and grant us the Grace to remain true believers and worshippers of God, today and every day of our lives, through the Mighty Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ of Nazareth I pray. Amen.

Be courageous and fearless in the Lord; for God is with you. You’re blessed; remain blessed!!!

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