Speak Lord: who comes to favour us

Mosaic, Chora Church, Istanbul. (c) 2002, Allen Morris.

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, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to undo the strap of his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

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.’

Gospel for Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Luke 3:15-16,21-22

John is not the Christ. God has still better to give, and what God has to give is Christ the Son, the Beloved of God….

This one before whom we stand and tremble, mindful of our littleness, will wash us with water, and baptise us with the Holy Spirit and fire.

In him we are reborn, enlightened and enlivened…

  • How do you live that newness?
  • How do you want to live it?
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