Continuing through our Lord’s life depicted in the Life of Christ icon, we arrive at his baptism in the Jordan by the John the Baptist. The Psalmist, Prophet Isaiah, and St Luke each reinforce this remarkable moment in Jesus’ life in their own way. And Christ’s very own faithfulness on our behalf opens the way for all baptized persons to take hold resurrection life and our Father’s love by faith.
Continuing through the lectionary‘s Psalms and Canticles, we come across the Canticle from Isaiah 12. The Prayer Book has it as Canticle 9 (First Song of Isaiah). And in it we celebrate the waters of salvation!
In Colossians 2, we discover that our Lord doesn’t want us to be bound up in spirituality that doesn’t work. No matter how hard we try to be good, how much we try to whip up devotion, no matter how many extras we add to our to our life beyond God’s command to love – the only way to begin (and continue!) to experience the abundant, resurrection life of Christ is to take hold of the baptismal promise we have by means of a living, active trust in Jesus. May we all tap into God’s best for us as we learn to live by faith instead of mere human effort.
Baptism of our Lord, and baptism of Aubrey Pauline McCorkle – what a wonderful bit of warmth and brightness on a chilly, rainy Sunday! Lectionary readings can be found here. May our glorious, omnipotent Lord open your hearts to his saving purposes.