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The mystery of the baptism!

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The mystery of the baptism! Gospel of Sunday, January 13, 2019, Feast of the baptism of Jesus Dear brothers and sisters, the passage from the Gospel of Luke that we will listen next Sunday, January …More
The mystery of the baptism!
Gospel of Sunday, January 13, 2019, Feast of the baptism of Jesus


Dear brothers and sisters, the passage from the Gospel of Luke that we will listen next Sunday, January 13, which is about the Baptism of Jesus, reminds us, inter alia, one of the recurring difficulties made to Christians, over the centuries , which could be summarized with this question: why does that Jesus whom you claim to be, the Son of God, God in person accept, so to speak, to "mix" with the sinners and be baptized by John in the Jordan river? The same John, the parallel passage of the Gospel of Matthew tells, is confused and bewildered by the humility of Jesus: "I need to be baptized by you and you come to me?" The Church over the centuries has always understood better the reason of that humble condescension of Jesus expressed by these words of his: "Leave it for now, because it is fitting that we fulfill all righteousness" (Mt 3: 13-17)

To sum up, dear brothers and sisters, we could say that from the "river" of the history of sinful humanity, in Jesus emerges a new humanity free from sin ... The same long passages of His genealogy reported by both Luca and Matteo, in which they are listed the ancestors of Jesus not all, we would say, of "good reputation", they want to mean precisely that a major breakthrough, a "qualitative leap" in the history of humankind, corrupted by sin, occurred, in Jesus a new humanity makes its appearance in this world , an event, the birth of Jesus, which marks the beginning of a new creation ....

And the Author of this "qualitative leap" of this "new creation", here is the good news revealed by the baptism of Jesus, is the only true God in three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit! The Son of God, precisely because he is God, incarnating himself in Jesus, could not but live a luminous, fascinating human life, a human life lived in the "God's style" ... The good news for us, dear brothers and sisters, is that Jesus, The Word of the Father became man, to call all mankind to do the same incredible "leap in quality" and this "leap" happens through the baptism we receive through the Holy Mother Church and faith in all that God has revealed and the Church itself, in her infallible teaching, proposes us to believe and to live!