Entering the Dirty Waters

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

My first thought when I saw the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized was, “Man, that water is dirty!” It had been raining a few days before our visit so a lot of sediment had been washed into the river, leaving it a muddy brown. But upon reflection, the idea of Jesus entering into dirty water for his baptism was a very fitting image of the Incarnation, when the Son of God entered into the “dirty water” of our human nature.

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A Second Look: Saved Through Water

1st Sunday of Lent (B)

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The prayer and fasting we undertake during Lent is meant to emulate Jesus’ forty days fasting in the desert before the start of His public ministry. So it makes sense that on the first Sunday of Lent our gospel reading would tell of Jesus’ time in the desert where He was tempted by Satan. But we may be surprised to hear in our first reading about Noah and the flood, and God setting a rainbow in the sky as a sign of His covenant. When we think of Lent, we don’t often think of rainbows. But maybe we should. The rainbow is God’s sign of new life after death. This is very much what Lent is about.

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