“You, too, are my Beloved”
This Sunday, we will hear again the story of Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan. Luke tells us that a voice from the heavens thundered: “You are my Son, the Beloved. With you I am well pleased.”
I was baptized on Sept. 14, 1975, at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. Maybe you are one of the lucky ones who were baptized here in the historic font at Christ Church Cathedral. Or, perhaps you got a good, old-fashioned dunking on a Sunday night at some small Baptist church in the countryside.
It doesn’t matter where you were baptized, or how you were baptized, or who baptized you…but it does matter that you are baptized. Because in baptism, God opens the heavens and says, about each one of us: “You, too, are my child, with whom I am well pleased. I love you and I am empowering you. I am giving you the power of the Holy Spirit to minister in my name.” In baptism, God tears open the heavens and pours forth the Holy Spirit upon us and calls us Beloved. In baptism, God gives you and me the power to change the world in the same way Jesus did.
—The Very Rev. Gray Lesesne, D.Min.