Baptism of Jesus: An Invitation to Be Human

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A question we all asked. Why Jesus had to be baptized? The Baptist himself raised this question to Jesus and the answer is something that still arouses a lot of curiosity or it still doesn’t quench our thirst.

“Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness.”

Jesus’ baptism throws light on his humaneness. He came down to us as one of us: a man, weak and frail.All through his life, Jesus never tried to prove himself a better man. He was born poor. He was a carpenter and worked to earn his living. He paid the taxes. He had to fight temptations. He thirsted, hungered, was tired and longed for rest. In all things he was like all of us, a human being. He even washed the feet of his disciples. In his baptism too, Jesus didn’t try to show himself as a better man. Through his baptism, he showed us the need for human beings to repent, to be reborn and to subject oneself to God’s grace to be one with him. To fulfil all the righteousness, to establish justice on earth, he had to set an example for the human beings, just like the washing of the feet of the disciples. The voice from heaven: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” is our guarantee that this is what God wants from his children. He is not calling us to be gods, but he is calling us to be what he made us to be: human beings. And he is not expecting us to do great big things, but as we read in the second reading of today: He went about doing good.

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