by Sr Mary Kay Meagher ND
A long time ago I was involved in a parish Baptismal prep for expectant parents. I was stunned hearing in their discussion the questions of what will happen to my baby if he or she dies and is not baptized?
It has called me to examine what is Baptism really about? It is not the ceremony or timing or circumstances surrounding the event but the establishment of God’s relationship with me.
This Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord. What is outstanding in this story is not the how of His Baptism but what was revealed to Jesus in the voice he heard:
“You are my Son, my Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
Jesus’s baptism, at the hands of John the Baptist, was God’s liberating spirit of approval. It was not a washing away of sin.
I suggest reflecting and listening to the voice spoken to each one of us in our own Baptism:
“You are my beloved daughter (or son…with you I am well pleased.”
How can we really hear this? Take this in? Live with the enormity of this relationship every day? Listen to this voice? Let it shape our being?