Sunday: Psalm 142-143; Isaiah 21; Matthew 3.13-17

From: Rachael B.

In today's reading of Matthew 3.13-17, Jesus is seen as both fully man and fully God. He is fully man as he submits to John's authority in baptism. His divinity is also made clear as "the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."

I found it meaningful to reflect on this painting by Leonardo DiVinci and this Theophany (meaning "revelation of God”) Icon. Look at Christ's hands in both of these. DiVinci portrays Christ in a prayerful position. The Icon shows Christ's hands doing the sign of a blessing. Christ is still central, and John is both an authority and servant. In the Icon John appears to be bowing his body in reverence. The striking and beautiful thing to me in this passage of Scripture is the paradox as Jesus is revealed to be God through an act of humility by allowing John (a mere man) to baptize him. 

I'm loving all things winter right now—snow covered trees, hot drinks, warm scarves and candlelight (my fireplace substitute).