In vs. 4, we read that John the baptizer proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. It is an outward act that works its way inwardly. Jesus’ baptism involves an inner transformation that works its way out in the thoughts, words, and actions of the baptized. John’s baptism is about what a person needs to do to be forgiven and Jesus’ is about what God has already done, is doing, and will do.
How do the vows made at your baptism – made either on your behalf or those you made for yourself – inform the values you embrace? What difference do they make in the way you think, speak, and act? How do the words, “You are my child, my beloved. With you I am well pleased,” resonate with your spirit? What inward transformation is the Holy Spirit working in you even now?
Offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the promise of God’s steadfast love and acceptance signified in the sacrament of baptism.