Baptism in the Spirit

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January 13, 2019 Sunday, Baptism of the Lord 1st Reading: Is 40:1–5, 9–11 2nd Reading: Tit 2:11–14, 3:4–7 Gospel: Lk 3:15–16,

21–22 he people were wondering about John’s identity, “Could he be the Messiah?” Then John answered them, “I baptize you with water, but the one who is coming will domuch more: He will baptize you with Holy Spirit and fire. As for me, I am not worthy to untie his sandal.” Now, with all the people who came to be baptized, Jesus too was baptized. Then, while he was praying, the heavens opened: the Holy Spirit came down upon him in the bodily form of a dove and a voice from heaven was heard, “You are my Son, this day I have begotten you.” [email protected] (Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life

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Just when the spotlight was ready to flood on him, John the Baptist quickly withdrew from the scene. Any attention that a good herald gets from the public is immediately re-directed. In the case of John the Baptist, he re-directed all praises and honors to Jesus. Everything he did, anyway, was meant to make Jesus known. When he baptized, he baptized to draw people away from sin to get them ready for the coming of Jesus.

The role of John the Baptist was confirmed when Jesus himself lined up to get baptized. John, at first, refused to baptized Jesus. But then he understood that this was necessary in order to establish the transition. He

Teventually bowed out to give way to a higher form of baptism. It was a transition from baptism in water to baptism in water and Spirit. We are beneficiaries of this transition, for we have been baptized not only with water but with water and the Spirit by Jesus.

Baptism has made us citizens of heaven. To understand this great privilege, we need only to reflect how people rejoice when they acquire U.S. citizenship. With how much more rejoicing we should all break into over the citizenship of heaven which we have acquired at baptism.

The indelible mark of sonship we acquire at baptism which gives us the privilege to cry out “Abba” (Father) all the more necessitate the theme of repentance of John the Baptist. A person attached to sin never appreciates the privilege of crying out “Abba”. The crying out is music to God’s ears when made by a person who has turned away from sin.

Baptism is one great gift that brought us the privilege of sonship. But like any privilege this one lays upon our shoulder the heavy responsibility of Christian witnessing. As witnesses, the best model we can take is John the Baptist himself. Like him may our lives lead people to repentance and so direct them to Jesus. – (Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M. Email: [email protected]

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