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You will find Jennifer's reflections on the day of the Baptism of the Lord and the week that follows below.
The Baptism of the Lord
~ January 13, 2019 ~
One of the events of Jesus’ life that is always remembered during the season of Epiphany is his baptism. Though it marked the beginning of his public ministry, it was clearly also the culmination of a life faithfully and obediently lived, for how else can we explain the words of the Father: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Thanks be to God that we have the same Father and Lord, and we have been given the same Holy Spirit!
This week: In the Eastern church (churches of the Orthodox branch of Christianity), this season of the year is referred to as Theophany, which puts a greater emphasis on God specifically shining forth, and places Jesus’ baptism front and center as the pivotal event of the season (rather than the arrival of the Magi). It was at his baptism that God revealed Jesus’ true identity, not just as a great man or prophet or even messiah, but as his beloved Son. This week, remember and give thanks for your own baptism, the one, great identity-marking event of your life. Share baptism stories with friends and family. In her book Liturgy of the Ordinary, Tish Harrison Warren suggests that we begin every day by remembering our own baptisms, before we even get out of bed: “As Christians, we wake each morning as those who are baptized. We are united with Christ and the approval of the Father is spoken over us. We are marked from our first waking moment by an identity that is given to us by grace: an identity that is deeper and more real than any other identity we will don that day.” Every day this week, begin your day by remembering who and whose you are.