Inspired Prayer

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a retreat put together by the John Paul II Healing Center. The experience opened my heart to receive these words.

Praise God

Endless His Mercy

His Will be done.

– Praise Jesus

Lean on the Cross

Fear not the past.

– Praise the Holy Spirit

Yearn for Faith

Yearn for Hope

Yearn for Charity.

– Praise the Trinity

In community with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Love, blood, and fire.

– Love heals

Blood redeems

Fire purifies.

– Praise God

  • Nothing comes to pass

to him whose name is

I AM.

The Baptism of the LORD

Readings

Reading 1 IS 42:1-4, 6-7
Responsorial Psalm IS 12:2-3, 4BCD, 5-6
Reading 2 1 JN 5:1-9
Alleluia CF. MK 9:7
Gospel MK 1:7-11

Through water and the Spirit came God’s revelation; through Christ’s blood came our salvation. Christ’s ministry was possible through the former. Men’s redemption through the latter. God announced it through his prophets and the Spirit testified of it.

“This is the one who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ, not by water alone, but by the water and blood. The Spirit is the one who testifies, and the Spirit is truth. So there are three that testify, the Spirit, the water and the blood, and the three are of one accord” (1 JN 5:6-8).

Through Jesus’ baptism, God revealed his relationship with the Son and Spirit. This Trinitarian relationship gave Christ his strength and wisdom to minister and endure suffering. This same Trinity has been bestowed to us through baptism to live out our ministry and encounter tribulations.

Jesus’ obedience flamed his father’s love: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased” (MK 1:11). Our obedience, too, can lead us to fulfill our baptism “You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation” (IS 12:3) if we believe in Jesus as his father instructed us “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God, and everyone who loves the Father loves also the one begotten by him” (1 JN 5:1).

All who are thirst for the LORD can come to the waters of baptism. (cf. IS 55:1)