Sunday, January 11, 2009

Heavens Being Torn Open

Today, Catholics celebrate the Baptism of the Lord -- the final day of the Christmas season in the liturgical year.

The Gospel at Mass is from Mark Chapter 1:

This is what John the Baptist proclaimed:

“One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John.

On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him.

And a voice came from the heavens,

“You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

The image above is from here. Hat-tip: A Concord Pastor. To see the tapestry in real life, visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.

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