“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. -Matthew 3:16
Our baptism marks our union with the community of saints. The Word and the water join us as God’s beloved children and begins our commitment to serve God. This is also true for Jesus in his baptism. Heaven opens at this holy moment and God descends to meet Jesus with a blessing. I like to imagine the heavenly gate being opened at every baptism with the Spirit swooping down to meet us and name us as its own. Our old lives are washed away, and a new light shines forever. The fatherly nature of God holds us under his wing with peace, belonging, and love. The Spirit shines in all of our lives, through us and through others in our community. What moments in our lives reflect the holiness of baptism? Where does heaven open and the Spirit shine?
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