Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
Reflection from Don Kreski:
Apart from the striking image of the heavens opening up and the dove descending, this is the first act of Jesus described by Luke and the very beginning of His ministry. We understand that Jesus is the Son of God, but He’s also a human being, and this is the point where He shows us that He’s putting aside His life as a man and taking up His mission as Savior.
It’s fitting, then, that His first public act is to submit to the will of His Father by being baptized. That’s an example for all of us, and it’s a tough one.
How often has each of us had our plans interrupted, whether by an accident, sickness, or something we understood we simply needed to do, whether we wanted to or not? I suspect Jesus had something else in mind for His life before He realized what His Father was planning – and it’s to our very great benefit that He had the strength to do what He had to do.
Lord, it’s obvious that You love us and want the best for us, but sometimes Your will is hard to understand and very hard to accept. Please give us the strength to serve You as You require, and have mercy on us when we fail.