Reflection on Matthew 3:13-17 ~
I have been blessed with the gift of teaching teens how to mature into loving Christians. Along with them learning to be like Jesus, I am filled with gratitude to watch a few go on to be Lectors or Extraordinary Eucharist Ministers each year. To receive Eucharist from them or listen as they proclaim the Word makes my heart leap for joy. It is easy to imagine the Father’s voice describing them: “This is my beloved Son or Daughter with whom I am well pleased.”
Matthew 3 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Baptism of Jesus
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily reading of the Gospel and considering this reflection on Matthew 3:1-12.