Today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord, the origin of our baptism. Baptism itself is a great gift offered by Jesus so that we may have faith, faith in Him, through Jesus in His Father. The baptism of Jesus reveals to us the invisible yet real elements in our baptism: Water and the Holy Spirit. "All you who are thirsty, come, behold water! The water that is the source of life will be the same water that will cleanse us from all our infirmity. This baptism will be for us and also for this contemporary world that seeks the visible and palpable elements, the visible sign of this holy covenant that God renews even today, with his people. This is how we become the covenant people.
In the first reading we heard, "I will make an everlasting covenant with you", from Abram to us. He will always be our God and He invites us to be faithful to His covenant, asking us to declare, that we will be with our limits, His people faithful to His covenant. In Baptism, not only God making a covenant with us, we on our part promise to God that in our daily lives we will keep this Light of Resurrection always burning. This is why the prophet Isaiah reminds us and exhorts us, "seek the Lord while he is found and call upon him while he is near," a process that will last for an eternity.
In the second reading St. John gives us two tools so that we can be faithful to this covenant. Live a life of love, the love we have received and learn to live a life of witness. It is in fidelity to this love we have received from Jesus that we can live a life of witness. Lord, you have given me your life and I give you my time and all that belongs to me, so that your kingdom may come. I would like to share with you this prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola that can help us not only to live our life of love, but also a life of witness. "Take, Lord, and receive all my freedom, my memories, my intelligence and all my will, all that I have and all that I possess, You have given it to me; to You, Lord, I give it back. Everything is yours, dispose of it according to your entire will. Give me your love and your grace. This is enough for me. "These are my friends the real advice, if we put it into practice, that will help us to grow as children of God and to live it with dignity.
What is the message that this covenant reveals to us today? First of all, it reveals God's love for us and his trust in us. "You are my beloved son, in you I find my joy. "By sending the Holy Spirit, God reveals to us that this joy is complete through our union with the Trinity, and it will be the Holy Spirit who will generate everything in us. If we allow God to work in us, the Spirit will come and dwell in us. This is the same message that Mary received at the Annunciation. Baptism makes us participate in this grace, 'full of grace' of Mary. Today as a member of this Church of the Lord, a holy, universal and perfect Church, may God find this joy in us. Baptism makes us share in this holiness, universality and perfection willed by Jesus, even if we are limited and weak. May this feast be an opportunity for us to renew this covenant with God and promise to God that we will act in our daily lives in a way worthy of the child of God. Amen.