As we emerge from the Season of Christmas, Jesus enters immediately into His identity as Son of God. The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which we usually celebrate on a Sunday, fell on Monday this past week, ending Christmas. In that Feast, Jesus hears the Father speak to Him, as He comes up out of the water, “This is my beloved son.” He begins then His three year ministry of teaching, healing and reconciling.
Today, in the readings of Scripture, we hear what that identity means — not privilege, prestige or power but service. John the Baptist identifies Jesus as the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” The Prophet Isaiah boasts that the true servant of God will be a light to the nations. Jesus is that fulfillment and that light. We, who by our baptism, follow in the way of Jesus, are also called to be the light of the world. We do that when we serve.