Sunday, January 11, marks the feast of the Baptism of Lord. To commemorate this feast day at St. Peter’s, we will baptize two infants into the body of Christ. All who witness or know about the administration of this sacrament will be reminded and maybe attempt to envision what took place long ago when our Lord appeared from under the water of his baptism. “As he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased” (Mark 1:10–11).
We too are God’s beloved—holy daughters and sons. This became a fact before our baptism and shall be forever even when one hasn’t been baptized. Indeed, it is God’s grace and unconditional love that define us as the beloved. Our belovedness comes solely from being created in the image of God. The God who gave us life and promises eternal life is the One who cherishes, admires, knows, forgives, and embraces us.
In this new year of our Lord, it is my prayer that we will choose to respond to our belovedness by how we live, prioritize, and serve in the name of Jesus. Life at St. Peter’s offers much to assist us on the way. In 2015, let us embrace God and deepen connections in thanksgiving for being God’s Beloved.
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector