The Gospel yesterday, the last Sunday of Christmas and the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, set before us John’s call to recognise the more of the Lord’s Baptism: the more that Jesus experiences at his own baptism and the more we receive when baptised by the Lord.
A feeling of expectancy had grown among the people, who were beginning to think that John might be the Christ, so John declared before them all, ‘I baptise you with water, but someone is coming, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to undo the strap of his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Now when all the people had been baptised and while Jesus after his own baptism was at prayer, heaven opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily shape, like a dove. And a voice came…
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