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WHAT THE BAPTISM OF JESUS MEANS TO US

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Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

Along with Mary and Joseph, I have always found Jesus’ behaviour at the age of 12 very puzzling. Being the Son of God He could do no wrong and He must have been a very obedient, thoughtful and loving Child. Surely He must have known that His three day stay in Jerusalem, without His parents’ knowledge, would cause them much heartache? Why then did He worry His parents and not tell them that He wanted to stay in Jerusalem and talk to the doctors of the temple?

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WHAT DOES THE BAPTISM OF JESUS SAY TO US?

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Mark 1:7-11

Why did Jesus, the sinless Son of God, submit Himself to a baptism of repentance? Even John the Baptist was puzzled. I don’t propose to solve the mystery today. Instead I want to consider what the Baptism of Jesus says to you and me – and how it is a testimony to the fact of human sinfulness and our need for repentance. He was well aware of the evil in men and women. Did they not spit upon Him, crown Him with thorns and nail Him to the Cross?

Father Francis's picture

WHAT DOES THE BAPTISM OF JESUS SAY TO US?

Liturgical Colour: 

Mark 1:7-11

Why did Jesus, the sinless Son of God, submit Himself to a baptism of repentance? Even John the Baptist was puzzled. I don’t propose to solve the mystery today. Instead I want to consider what the Baptism of Jesus says to you and me – and how it is a testimony to the fact of human sinfulness and our need for repentance. He was well aware of the evil in men and women. Did they not spit upon Him, crown Him with thorns and nail Him to the Cross?

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