Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

You are my Son, the Beloved.

Today’s feast continues the idea of the Epiphany from last week, it is another ‘manifestation’ or revelation of Jesus. John the Baptist tell us that Jesus will baptise with the Holy Spirit and fire. God the Father tells us that this is his Beloved Son. Isaiah tells us that Jesus will be like a shepherd. St Paul tells us that he did this so that we should be justified by grace and become heirs of God. The readings invite us to see for ourselves the revelation of God and ask the question about who Jesus is to us? By spending time reflecting, we can allow Jesus himself to tell us about himself.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.


A feeling of expectancy had grown among the people, who were beginning to think that John might be the Christ, so John declared before them all, ‘I baptise you with water, but someone is coming who is more powerful than I am.” (Luke 3:15-16)

  • What feelings of expectancy do you have at the moment?
  • How do you feel about the humility of John the Baptist?
  • Is there anything in your life that humility would help?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about humility and power.



Now when all the people had been baptised and while Jesus after his own baptism was at prayer, heaven opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily shape, like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you. (Luke 3:21-22)

  • Reflect on the fact that Jesus was praying.
  • Reflect on the Holy Spirit as a dove.
  • Reflect on what it is to be called ‘Beloved’.
  • Listen to the Father calling you his beloved son/daughter.



God’s grace has been revealed, and it has made salvation possible for the whole human race and taught us that what we have to do is to give up everything that does not lead to God. (Titus 2:11)

  • What do you do that does not lead you to God?
  • How do you feel about giving it up?
  • Reflect on God’s grace in your life.
  • Listen to God speak to you about your life.



When the kindness and love of God our saviour for mankind were revealed, it was not because he was concerned with any righteous actions that we might have done ourselves; it was for no other reason except his own compassion that he saved us. (Titus 3:4-5)

  • Reflect on the kindness, love and compassion of God in your life.
  • How often do you imagine that your actions rather than God’s grace is the important thing?
  • Who and what revealed the kindness and love of God to you?
  • Let the Lord reveal to your heart his compassion for you.



Bless the Lord, my soul! Lord God, how great you are, clothed in majesty and glory, wrapped in light as in a robe! (Psalm 103: 1-2)

  • Make a list of things to bless the Lord for.
  • Make a list of the great things that the Lord has done.
  • Reflect on the Lord God clothed in majesty and glory.
  • Let the Lord shine the light of his love in your life.



‘Console my people, console them’ says your God. ‘Speak to the heart of Jerusalem and call to her that her time of service is ended, that her sin is atoned for. (Isaiah 40:1-2)

  • What consolation do you need just now?
  • How does it feel to know that your sins are atoned for?
  • Reflect on the concept of atonement, what does it mean to you?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart of his consolation.



He is like a shepherd feeding his flock, gathering lambs in his arms, holding them against his breast and leading to their rest the mother ewes. (Isaiah 40:11)

  • Reflect on the image of the Good shepherd.
  • Spend some moments feeling yourself being held closely by the Lord.
  • What parts of your life need the Lord to lead you to rest?
  • Let the Lord hold you against his breast.

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