And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
This, too, is the Epiphany: God proclaiming Jesus his own beloved. On one level, those words are not about us at all, but about how much God loves Jesus. And yet from earliest childhood, you may have wished for words like those said over your life. You may still yearn to read your life into this moment. And that’s okay because, while these words are for Jesus, his baptism in the River Jordan tells us these words are for us, too.
They mark what the prayer book calls the restoration of human dignity. Our dignity. The life of Jesus grants us dignity, enough to stand up in our sins and ask for help. His love forgives, heals, reconciles. Read more