The Baptism of our Lord – Year C

“He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire…”

Gospel: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22.

15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16 John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize 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 baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22 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.”

Gospel Summary

People in the crowds wondered if John the Baptist was the Messiah.  Luke provided a direct question and response to make clear that John understood he was not the Messiah.  For Luke, John was the last prophet from the old age.  Jesus marked the beginning of a new age.  Luke was the only evangelist to have Jesus praying when the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, came down on Jesus while a voice from heaven proclaimed him as God’s beloved Son.

Relating the Gospel to our lives today.

As parents we can easily understand the proud words from heaven calling Jesus a beloved child. We may not always be pleased with the actions of our children, but they are indeed always our beloved. It is through our baptism and the baptism of our children that we have received the Holy Spirit and are all part of God’s family. Like building relationships by staying in touch with our extended family, we help our children stay in touch with God by taking time to pray together.

When we make time for prayer and reading the Bible, our children understand that this is something that is important to us. Our attitude towards prayer is the first thing our children see in regards to building their own relationship with God. No matter what age the children are – family prayer begins with the children listening to their parents saying it.

  • At my Baptism I also received the Holy Spirit.
  • Do I allow the Holy Spirit within me to move me?
  • The Holy Spirit teaches us how to pray from the heart.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me, mould me, fill me, use me,

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

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