13TH JANUARY 2019. The Baptism of the Lord – „C” year
The Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form
The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Lk 3,15-16. 21-22
The Holy Spirit descended on Him in visible form – it is remarkable that the Holy Spirit appeared in ‘visible form”.
The invisible Father did not only become visible in the person of the Son but also in a symbolic form as the Holy Spirit. The Holy One became a sacrament because of us and for us. This is His main communication. What those who stood in line with Jesus could not see, or at least could not understand yet, is made known to us in the Eucharist. The great transformation takes place due to the coming down of the Holy Spirit when the Word becomes flesh – again and again. Back then the people were wondering whether John the Baptist could be the Christ. John’s testimony dispersed that doubt. But the testimony of the Spirit and the Father cannot be mistaken: Jesus is the Christ. Eventually, He marks with the fire of Pentecost. Living signs.
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