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The Baptism of Jesus

"Step on down here in the Jordan with me and get your feet wet." The Deacon at our Cathedral suggests. All I could think as I stepped in was how freezing cold the water is in these 16 degree temperatures we've been having in Nashville. Brrrr. But what a powerful image we get when we actually step into the Gospel reading as we are invited to do here. Seeing John and hearing him say that he is not worthy. Watching Jesus as well as all the others react to the saving power of the waters of Baptism. Not that Jesus actually needed it but it once again shows His share in our humanity. And of course, we all know how much better we learn by example. And, knowing now that every time we are asked to renew our Baptismal promises, we can have that same feeling over and over. Get your feet wet. Feel the power of the Holy Spirit. Become a child of God. Cleanse yourself and begin again. And the same reaction will come from above, "with you I am well pleased.”
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