As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, "I baptise you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Now when all the people were baptised, and when Jesus too had been baptised and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."
This weekend is Saturday the 12 and Sunday the 13 January, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
The community of Taizé sing, Dominus Spiritus est, The Lord is the Spirit; the Spirit gives life. God is the source of all life, the one in whom we live and move and have our being.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Luke.
Christmas perhaps seems like only yesterday. It was indeed last weekend that the coming of the three wise men to visit Jesus was celebrated in the churches. Yet the gospel rushes on, to Jesus’s first public appearance.How do you feel as you start this prayer?Rushed, trying to catch up, beginning a busy year?Or can you find a little space just now to hear what God has to say to you?
“He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire” says John the Baptist.These are strong powerful images! When you look back over your life, are there times when you can recognise a powerful God at work?At work in yourself, or at work in other people?
As you listen again, put yourself in the shoes of one of those standing on the river-bank, watching John baptise Jesus.What do you notice when you do this?
“You are my Son, the beloved; with you I am well pleased.”What would it be like to hear God say those words about you, his beloved son or daughter?Speak for a moment or two now to the God who is well pleased with you.Tell him what you have seen and felt here.