Having our loins girded, therefore,
with faith and the performance of good works,
let us walk in His paths
by the guidance of the Gospel,
that we may deserve to see Him
who has called us to His kingdom.
Welcoming the word of Jesus – in which our identity is – and humbly witnessing it in life, we too will give glory to the Father.
There is a challenge to take up: the challenge of joy. If this connotation were missing we could talk about lofty ideals but certainly not of beatitudes. We are invited to a joy that has its foundation in God, whose promises are unshakable and victorious, in spite of the crises that cross our history.
It is only by being with Jesus that God is known; he is just listening.
Today we are invited to go back to the sources of our faith and then resume our walk, grateful for the gift received; grateful above all for the gift of Christ.
With his baptism, Jesus shows he is a Messiah not only humble and supportive but, in front of the Baptist and Israel, a brother of humanity marked by guilt.