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Jesus Being Ordained as the Messiah

HOMILY ON JESUS BEING BAPTIZED
JESUS BEING ORDAINED AS THE MESSIAH

To Luke the Evangelist, it is when Jesus was baptized that John the Baptist finished his mission and Jesus started his mission with his messianic ordination.

1. THE END OF JOHN’S MISSION .

Before Jesus’ baptism, Luke spoke about John’s arrest to imply that the ministry of John runs out and the mission of the Messiah begins (Luke 3:19-20 ).

Indeed as Luke writes, “When all the people had been baptized, Jesus also had been baptized …” he seems to say that Jesus brought Baptism that the entire population has received to an end. When Jesus was baptized, Luke no longer spoke of John but of Jesus as if to say that the role of John stops and that of Jesus begins. Moreover Luke wrote, ” The law and the prophets lasted until John; but from then on the kingdom of God is proclaimed …” (Luke 16:16).

John informes the population that when the Messiah comes, he will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire (Luke 3:15-16). And when Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended upon him in the form of a dove. And so, as the Messiah came out, the mission of salvation began.

2. JESUS BEING ORDAINED AS THE MESSIAH.

According to Luke’s gospel, the ordination of the messiah happens when Jesus is baptized. It’s revealed us that the messianic king brings us salvation through His suffering as the baptism symbolizes something that the Messiah will suffer (Luke 12:50).

The messianic ordination is a vision, revelation that praying, in the apocalyptic tradition, is a preparation for receiving revelation (Dn 2:1 8; Lk 9:28-29; C VSD 9:11).

Luke wrote, “…Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened.”. The Messiah is the “heaven opened” because he is the place where God and human beings meet (Jn 1:51; Gn 28:17).

In the early Church, there is the early conception that the Holy Spirit’s coming down upon Jesus on the day of his baptism is anointing him as the messianic king :” what has happened all over Judah, begenning in Galilee, after the baptism that John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power … (Acts 10:37 – 38). They found it out when reading Isaiah 61:1: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.” ( Luke 4:18).

According to Luke’s gospel, when Jesus is baptized, the holy Spirit descended upon him in the form of a dove. It revealed to us that it is a new creation (Gen 1:2).

Every ordination has a solemn announcement of the ordainer. Here the Father has ordained Jesus as His Messiah when He said, “You are my Son; today I am your father “. This is the Psalm 2:7 and 2 Sm 7:14. The Psalm 2:7 and 2 Sm 7:14 foretold that God will ordain Jesus as the Messiah when adopting him and giving him full power to conquer. Because Luke produced here a report on the messianic ordination , he should not talk about the Servant of Yahweh or his beloved son but Jesus’divine genealogy.

The ordination of the Messiah by the holy Spirit was predicted by Isaiah (Is 42:1-4.6-7) and Jesus has fulfilled it when being baptized in the Jordan ..

When receiving baptism, we are ordained as prophets to proclaim the Gospel, but do we go evangelizing with Jesus ?

Jos.Rao Van Dang.pp
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  1. Nguyễn Văn Mơ
    Tháng Một 21, 2013 lúc 5:43 sáng

    Our Sunday Celebration

    The Baptism of the Lord

    THE CLEANSING WATERS OF RE-BIRTH. In Luke’s Gospel, the baptism of Jesus marks the end of the ministry of John the Baptist and the beginning of a new era, that of the saving ministry of Jesus. This feast, which occurs early in the New Year, is a good time for us to resolve to begin a new era in our own lives. Putting the past behind us, let us commit ourselves to making a fresh start in our service and love of our brothers and sisters.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-30. R. v. 1

    R. Oh, bless the Lord, my soul!

    1. Lord God, how great you are, / clothed in majesty and glory, / wrapped in light as in a robe! / You stretch out the heavens like a tent. R.

    2. Above the rains you built your dwelling. / You make the clouds your chariot, / you walk on the wings of the wind, /you make the winds your messengers / and flashing fire your servants. R.

    3. How many are your works, O Lord! / In wisdom you have made them all. / The earth is full of your riches. / There is the sea, vast and wide, / with its moving swarms past counting, / living things great and small. R.

    4.All of these look to you / to give them their food in due season. / You give it, they gather it up: / you open your hand, they have their fill. R.

    5. You take back your spirit, they die, / returning to the dust from which they came. /You send forth your spirit, they are created; / and you renew the face of the earth. R.

    Communion Antiphon Jn 1:32, 34
    Behold the One of whom John said: I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.

    YEAR OF FAITH: 2012-2013

    15. Sharing in the divinity of Christ

    When we reflect on the incarnation we understand that God’s breaking into our world is for our sake. This is why in the early centuries reflection on the birth of Jesus quickly led to reflection on the life and destiny of humankind. We still pray an ancient prayer asking that we might share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.

    As people in the early Church grew to understand the uniqueness of Jesus, with both a divine and a human nature, they also began to understand better the significance of the original story of creation that human beings are created in the image of God. Jesus is the perfect image of God; he not only reveals God to us, but also shows what a fully authentic human life looks like. St John tells us that we are already the children of God, and that even though we do not fully know what we will be, we can be sure that we will be like Jesus. He is the paradigm of who we are and who we can be, and he shows us of what we are capable.

    This is important not just as a source of hope for our own future, but also because it shapes our present. We live close to Jesus who enables us to see more clearly the image of God in order that we in turn might reflect this image more clearly to the world. Yes, the world comes to know God through Jesus, the Word made flesh, but is also comes to know God through us, adopted sons and daughters.

    Fr Gerard Kelly

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