Lectio Divina for the Baptism of the Lord, Jan. 10, 2021 RSS
One mightier than I is coming after me
We live, as Christians, in a constant state of hope. We look to the wrong things to sustain that hope sometimes, but we hope for things to happen, often beyond our understanding, nonetheless. Many speak of the Second Coming of Christ as the way in which God will administer justice to the world. We cannot know the ways of God, but knowing that all power in heaven and earth has been given to Jesus is a helpful piece of wisdom to keep in mind. John the Baptist was constantly deferring to Jesus, pointing to Christ, not himself, as the ultimate source of mercy. If only more leaders did the same. If we are ever put in a position of influence, it should serve us well to remember that we have no power except that which God has given to us. If God has given it to us, he has entrusted it to us; he has trusted us to use that power to draw people closer to him. Also, if he has given it to us, he can take it away. John the Baptist not only knew this. He looked forward to stepping aside and making way for Christ. Jesus entering his life to be baptized was a sign that his task was complete and that he did it well. Let that be a testimony and example for any leadership roles we play in life: that we may lead people to Christ and then step aside.
he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit
St. Maximilian Kolbe said the Holy Spirit is the conception that springs forth from the love between the Father and the Son. This is the missing element in so many of our spiritual lives: love. When people came to see John and asked “Who are you” it’s as if they were asking, “What are we missing?” and John’s answer was “love”. It is the same message Jesus has when he says love is the fulfillment of the law, and when St. Paul says, “if I have not love, I am nothing,” and when John the Apostle writes, “God is love”.