Water, blood, and spirit,
all of one accord,
proclaim with glory flowing:
Jesus Christ is Lord!
©MperiodPress, Feast of the Baptism of Jesus, 2009
I love the fullness of that line in today’s second reading from the first letter of John– “So there are three that testify, the Spirit, the water, and the blood, and the three are of one accord.” The mystical, the natural, the human, dimensions of God meet in relationship and are symbolically, sacramentally, “incorporated” (meaning,from the root, made into one body)in the river Jordan. There is nothing to take apart, nothing that is not a part of everything else.
In a way, isn’t that the very nature of baptism…to claim us for God, whole and complete…messy and glorious, strong, capable, frail, vulnerable, beloved children with whom God is well pleased. With baptism, we are welcomed into a body–the Body of Christ, the Church alive and seeking, discovering and revealing.
Crossing over into a “new dispensation,” (credit to T.S Eliot), we are no longer the same after an event like that. If we are to walk through our deserts with any consolation or hope, I’d say that was a good thing.