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Liturgical day: Baptism of the Lord (B)

Gospel text (Mk 1,7-11): At that time Jesus came from Nazareth, a town of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And the moment he came up out of the water (...) these words were heard from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved, the One I have chosen’». In the course of his preaching John the Baptist said: «After me comes one who is more powerful than I am; I have baptized you with water, but He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit. As for me, I am not worthy to bend down and untie his sandals. At that time Jesus came from Nazareth, a town of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And the moment he came up out of the water, heaven opened before him and He saw the Spirit coming down on him like a dove. And these words were heard from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved, the One I have chosen’».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we are witnessing a most solemn scene: Jesus receives Baptism! With this gesture, He instituted Christian Baptism and emphasized the importance of this sacrament of the New Covenant.

- To resuscitate with Christ we must live his Passion. God makes it easy for us: with Baptism we participate in the Passion of Jesus "without pain". What else do you want?