Jesus’ BaptismThe Baptism of our Lord; Matthew 3:13-17
Just as he chose the waters of the womb,
immersed himself in fragile life on earth,
was formed in Mary’s body, cramped for room,
then cried for air in dark and cold of birth,
so now he answers to the Baptist’s call:
the Jordan does not part, but takes him down,
kneeling in mud, he feels his body crawl
with need for air and fear that he might drown.
Three times he sets himself the ritual test,
letting the waters close above his head,
foretaste of death. He surfaces distressed,
gulping at air before the water’s shed.
Open to heaven, he feels the Spirit dart,
and words of love expand and brand his heart.
Barbara Messner January 2017
5 thoughts on “Jesus’ Baptism”
The detail of his body crawling with his the need for air is extraordinarily powerful.
Thanks Maren. Your comment and Eric’s make me aware of how significant Jesus’ embodiment and vulnerable humanity are to me.
That embodiment connects us to God, and it is my most deeply felt call.
This is marvelously visceral. Thank you.
I love that description. Thanks.