Today we celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord as He begins His public ministry. There is a question that could be asked as to what was Jesus doing before His baptism? He began His public ministry around the age of 30 and by tradition He was crucified at 33 years of age.
Tradition places Jesus as living the life of a carpenter’s son. It was in the seclusion of Nazareth that Jesus spent the greatest part of His earthly life. He grew in strength and wisdom and grace with God and man. Jesus as a young person under the direction of Joseph and Mary leant and acquired the Shema and Hallel. This refers to the Scriptures and Psalms and Prophetic Books. He would have learnt Aramaic and Greek. The scriptures show Jesus was a close observer of the sights and sounds of nature and the habits of all classes of men and women. He acquired the necessary skills for life from Joseph and Mary. Above all He was a young man of intimate union with God our Father, whom He called with affection Abba.
Here lies the secret, hidden life of Jesus – prayer, contemplation, work, family life and community. Prayer and service, humility and generosity were his formation.
May this New Year renew in us the call to prayer, service and holiness. Placing God as the first of our love puts every day in His Providence.
God love you