Monday, January 9, 2012
Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
"On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, 'You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased'" (Mark 1:10-11).
Well. today marks the end of another Christmas season. So, it is fitting, as it is always and everywhere, to pray:
Father in heaven,
you revealed Christ as your Son
by the voice that spoke over the waters of the Jordan.
May all who share in the sonship of Christ
follow in his path of service to others
and reflect the glory of his kingdom
even to the ends of the earth,
for he is Lord forever and ever. Amen.
Editorial comments on the liturgical year aside, I have to admit that over the past several years I have come to appreciate Christmas coming to a quiet end. It gives us a chance after all of the busy-ness and at the beginning of new year to reflect on the great and glorious mystery of the Incarnation, which is nothing other than the great and glorious mystery of our salvation. And, in light of this mystery we are called live, how we are going to live out our baptismal call to selfless service of others, that is, diakonia.