Sunday 9 January 2022, Baptism of Jesus

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

he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire

When Jesus had been baptised and had been praying, the heavens were opened and the Holy Spirit came upon him.

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.’

Every time we enter a church or sacred site we can take the opportunity to recall our baptism.

I dip my hand into water and make the sign of the cross, repeating the words heard at my baptism.

‘In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.’