At the time of Christ, Israel (and by extension all of us) definitely needed a new beginning. Throughout Salvation History, God has granted His people opportunities to start anew… to begin again.
When Adam and Eve committed the first sin, God went to work, so-to-speak, preparing mankind for Redemption. Original Sin would not have the last word.
At the time of Noah, when we could not sink any lower, our Merciful Father granted mankind and creation a new beginning when He saved the righteous Noah and his family (and by extension all of us today) in an ark through the waters of The Flood.
Later, He would lead the Israelites out of Egypt, saving them from Pharaoh by parting the waters of the Red Sea. Teaching them right worship in the wilderness. After years wandering in the desert, the Israelites would be led by God into the Promised Land across the waters of the Jordan River where they were given a great victory at Jericho, just north of the Dead Sea.
Yes, God Our Father has given us many “do-overs” throughout our history, but none quite like what we celebrate on this Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
The history of God’s chosen people passed through many ups and downs. At the time of the coming of the Lord, whose manifestation we celebrated last Sunday for The Epiphany, they had been experiencing a spiritual darkness for centuries, awaiting the coming of the Messiah who would save them.
Today’s feast officially brings to an end our liturgical season of Christmas during which we have recalled the coming into the world of Jesus, the Light of the World, Who would dispel the spiritual darkness that had hold of our lives.
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