Sunday Reflection, Feast of Baptism of the Lord (January 11, 2015): God’s Bridging the Gap

Teilhard de Chardin

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This weekend is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The readings can be found here. This Feast is both the last day of the Christmas season and the First Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The Baptism of Jesus is an interesting conundrum for Biblical scholars and theologians. This event is contained in all four Gospels and even the most skeptical Biblical scholars believe that it is a historical event. This leads to a more perplexing question: Why would the Son of God be baptized by a human, not to mention a strange societal outcast such as John the Baptist? I believe the answer to this question speaks to the kenotic outpouring of God’s love.  God, who is love, wanted to bridge the gap between God and humanity.

Today’s reflection comes from Fr. Andy Alexander, S.J. of Creighton University Online Ministries. You can read the entire reflection

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