Mysteries of Light - Thursday

LORD, GRANT ME GRATITUDE FOR THE GIFT OF FAITH

Matthew 3: 13-17

The Baptism of Jesus

(Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:29-34)

13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan, unto John, to be baptized by him. 14 But John stayed him, saying: I ought to be baptized by thee, and comes thou to me? 15 And Jesus answering, said to him: Suffer it to be so now. For so it becomes us to fulfill all justice. Then he suffered him. 16 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. 17 And behold a voice from heaven, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

 

In His Baptism, the Lord Jesus teaches us total resignation to the will of God. When Jesus came to be baptized, John the Baptist wanted to prevent it. John’s message was one of penance (or repentance) i.e. turning away from sin and self; and turning towards God. We know that Mary and Elisabeth were kinswomen (Lk 1:36); so it is very likely that Jesus and John the Baptist knew each other. This means that John would have known what kind of person Jesus was; which makes sense of his response to Jesus’ request for baptism: “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” (Matt 3:14). John’s message was about turning from sin, and he knew Jesus well enough to know that he, a sinner, had need to be baptized by the One whom he had never seen given to sin.

But Jesus’ response to John was “Suffer it to be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness” (Matt 3:15). This is an interesting response in light of the fact that John’s message was about righteousness – and here is Jesus, the living example of true righteousness, which is total abandonment to doing the will of His Heavenly Father. The Father Himself attests to this when, after Jesus’ baptism, He declares “This is my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”.
As we meditate upon this first Mystery, we ask Our Lady to pray for us so that we can be Christ-like in being totally committed to doing the will of God. And when we imitate Him in this way, we are assured of God’s promise that He will be well-pleased with us, those whom He makes His beloved sons and daughters through the waters of baptism. Jesus tells us that when we do what God desires, His words to us will be: 

“Well done, good and faithful servant...enter into the joy of your Lord” (Matt 25:23)

Our Father......

1. "I am baptizing you with water for repentance but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I."
(Mt 3:11)  - 
Hail Mary....

2. "I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals."  (Lk 3:16)  - Hail Mary....

3. "He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."  (Lk 3:16)  - Hail Mary....

4. The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin 
of the world."  (Jn 1:29)  - Hail Mary....


5. John said to him, "I have need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?"  (Mt 3:14)
Hail Mary....


6. Jesus said to him, "Allow it now for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness."  (Mt 3:15)
-
 Hail Mary....

7. Then he allowed it.  (Mt 3:15)  - Hail Mary...

8. After Jesus was baptized, he came out of the water and, behold, the heavens were opened unto him
(Mt 3:16)  - Hail Mary....


9. And he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove coming upon him.  (Mt 3:16)  - Hail Mary....

10. And a voice from the heavens saying, " This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. "  (Mt 3:17)
Hail Mary....


Glory be to the Father...

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins...
 
Like their mothers, Mary and Elizabeth, Jesus and John were associated in the plan of God. John had a specific role to play as the forerunner announcing the arrival of the Messiah and proclaiming a baptism of repentance. By the hand of John, Jesus is baptized in waters that symbolize his upcoming death, and as he rises again, the Spirit descends and the Father’s voice is heard echoing across the Jordan. This mystery of Jesus’ baptism offers a glimpse of that other baptism he will undergo on the cross—a total submersion into sin and death, two abominations that never should have been, but that man’s free will brought into the world. By this baptism, Jesus is saying that he is ready to take it all on, that he is not afraid of our sin, and that he will do this for us because he loves us. In this mystery, Mary can help us to face our own challenges, especially the ones we fear most.

Perhaps it is a long postponed confession, or an overdue reconciliation with a family member, or an act of honesty about something we would rather leave in the shadows. She can teach us to plunge into those cold waters with the confidence that we will rise again, made stronger and purer by the Father’s grace.
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