Today the Church celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan river at the hands of John the Baptist. John was calling people to repent, or change their lives, to prepare for the coming Kingdom of God, and baptism was the sign of their repentance. Jesus did not need to repent, but he underwent baptism in order to identify with us and to prepare the world for the Christian baptism that would come later.

In my morning prayer, I read parts of Psalm 40. Starting in verse 7, it says:

In the scroll of the book it stands written
that I should do your will
My God, I delight in your law
in the depth of my heart.

These words are a prayer of king David, but they are also a prophecy of Jesus, who would be the one who would do God’s will perfectly. As Christians, we are called to be like Jesus and do God’s will. God is perfect goodness, and He is our creator. He wants us to be in friendship with Him, which means walking in His ways. Friendship with our fellow humans involves a give-and-take relationship, but with God, who is our master and is perfect goodness, it is not appropriate or needful for God to conform to us, so we must conform to Him. This is not a burden, though, because we are conforming to what is best for us. May we learn to delight in God’s will, knowing it is the best path for our lives.