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John 3:25-30

The Word of God

Now a discussion about purification arose between John’s disciples and a Jew. They came to John and said to him, ‘Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing, and all are going to him.’ John answered, ‘No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, “I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.” He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. For this reason my joy has been fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease.’

John 3:25-30
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    • John was not concerned about gathering numbers of disciples: he was clear about who he was, about who Jesus was. He realised that all goodness comes from the same source. I ask the Lord to bless me with the same freedom of spirit.
    • Although he attracted the crowds, John was anything but a celebrity! He was prepared to decrease, his humility is remarkable. I draw on his inspiration as I consider how I might think less of myself.
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    • The meaning of Jesus’ baptism is not so much in cleansing – he had no original or actual sin to be cleansed of – as in rebirth. The water of baptism recalls the other waters in which we begin our lives, in our mother’s womb. Birth is signalled by the breaking of the waters, the amniotic fluid, and emergence into a less protected life outside mother’s body. When Jesus came out of the water, a voice from heaven was heard: /This is my beloved son./ The Spirit came down on him. This symbolism of rebirth as a child of God is central in our own christenings.
    • Thank you, Lord, for being my brother. Of me too the Father could say: /This is my beloved child./
    • At any baptism there is the prayer and the anointing to protect from evil.  Parents know well that their children will need protection. from the dangers of the world ahead of them, from people who want to use children for their own greed and use. The baptism of Jesus was to commit himself to the good of God, and the God of the good. Baptism was Jesus immersing himself in the call of the Baptist to walk with his people on the way of God through the evil and sinfulness of the world.  The oil of baptism protects us from evil like suntan oil protects the body from the sun; the water of God gives life like the water of a well or a river gives life to the body.  Pray for  protection from anything that can lead us away from God.
    • The grace of my baptism is alive and evident whenever I am humble enough to yield to the Spirit of God. I pray for the humility that Jesus shows.
    • I give thanks for my baptism; I am a child of God and set into the world to give glory to God, to serve those around me and to grow in the image of God.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • The meaning of Jesus’ baptism is not so much in cleansing – he had no original or actual sin to be cleansed of – as in rebirth. The water of baptism recalls the other waters in which we begin our lives, in our mother’s womb. Birth is signalled by the breaking of the waters, the amniotic fluid, and emergence into a less protected life outside mother’s body. When Jesus came out of the water, a voice from heaven was heard: /This is my beloved son./ The Spirit came down on him. This symbolism of rebirth as a child of God is central in our own christenings.
    • Thank you, Lord, for being my brother. Of me too the Father could say: /This is my beloved child./
    • At any baptism there is the prayer and the anointing to protect from evil.  Parents know well that their children will need protection. from the dangers of the world ahead of them, from people who want to use children for their own greed and use. The baptism of Jesus was to commit himself to the good of God, and the God of the good. Baptism was Jesus immersing himself in the call of the Baptist to walk with his people on the way of God through the evil and sinfulness of the world.  The oil of baptism protects us from evil like suntan oil protects the body from the sun; the water of God gives life like the water of a well or a river gives life to the body.  Pray for  protection from anything that can lead us away from God.
    • The grace of my baptism is alive and evident whenever I am humble enough to yield to the Spirit of God. I pray for the humility that Jesus shows.
    • I give thanks for my baptism; I am a child of God and set into the world to give glory to God, to serve those around me and to grow in the image of God.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • The meaning of Jesus’ baptism is not so much in cleansing – he had no original or actual sin to be cleansed of – as in rebirth. The water of baptism recalls the other waters in which we begin our lives, in our mother’s womb. Birth is signalled by the breaking of the waters, the amniotic fluid, and emergence into a less protected life outside mother’s body. When Jesus came out of the water, a voice from heaven was heard: /This is my beloved son./ The Spirit came down on him. This symbolism of rebirth as a child of God is central in our own christenings.
    • Thank you, Lord, for being my brother. Of me too the Father could say: /This is my beloved child./
    • At any baptism there is the prayer and the anointing to protect from evil.  Parents know well that their children will need protection. from the dangers of the world ahead of them, from people who want to use children for their own greed and use. The baptism of Jesus was to commit himself to the good of God, and the God of the good. Baptism was Jesus immersing himself in the call of the Baptist to walk with his people on the way of God through the evil and sinfulness of the world.  The oil of baptism protects us from evil like suntan oil protects the body from the sun; the water of God gives life like the water of a well or a river gives life to the body.  Pray for  protection from anything that can lead us away from God.
    • The grace of my baptism is alive and evident whenever I am humble enough to yield to the Spirit of God. I pray for the humility that Jesus shows.
    • I give thanks for my baptism; I am a child of God and set into the world to give glory to God, to serve those around me and to grow in the image of God.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • John was not concerned about gathering numbers of disciples: he was clear about who he was, about who Jesus was. He realised that all goodness comes from the same source. I ask the Lord to bless me with the same freedom of spirit.
    • Although he attracted the crowds, John was anything but a celebrity! He was prepared to decrease, his humility is remarkable. I drawn his inspiration as I consider how I might think less of myself.