By Sem. Justin Gatuz
In today’s Gospel, we hear of the Baptism of Jesus. This is a significant event in Jesus’ life because it confirms His identity as the Beloved Son of God. From then on, through the help of the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ mission is centered on the reality of His identity as the Son of God. In the Lucan Gospel account, after His baptism, he was led by the Spirit to the desert. And there, He was tempted by the devil but He did overcome it because His identity is founded and fixed on God’s divine affirmation. It is as if Jesus always hears this voice from within that reminds Him that He is God’s beloved Son.
There will be many times that we, too, will be confronted and tempted by the many worldly allurements that may cause us to lose our identity which will lead us to sin. With the height of many worldly pleasures and inclinations, it is easy to get confused to the point that we forget who we are. I, myself, have this tendency of being anxious of the many things which triggers my control issues. With this, I will start to make plans and analyze the situations which sometimes cause me to become rigid and insecure. And this is the start of my controlling issue. But today’s Gospel invites me to always go back to my baptism—my identity as a son of God through Jesus Christ. By virtue of our baptism, we are made beloved sons and daughters of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. And this identity that we share in Him is the only thing that we need to cling on to. Whenever I am being swallowed up by my insecurities, fears, and anxieties, I should always go back to this reality so that I may courageously face the storms of life. I must always remember Jesus, who through His baptism was given this unique and special affirmation “God’s beloved Son!” Likewise for me, I must always listen to the voice speaking within and anchor all of my thoughts, words, and deeds, that I am God’s beloved.
Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan
to be baptized by him.
John tried to prevent him, saying,
“I need to be baptized by you,
and yet you are coming to me?”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us
to fulfill all righteousness.”
Then he allowed him.
After Jesus was baptized,
he came up from the water and behold,
the heavens were opened for him,
and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove
and coming upon him.
And a voice came from the heavens, saying,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”