Sunday, January 7, 2018

Baptism … coming to grips with your ego

Morning: Psalms 146, 147; Genesis 1:1 – 2:3; Ephesians 1:3-14
Water is sacred for many cultures.  So - no surprise - in the Hebrew Bible, the creative Spirit moves over dark, deep waters.  Soon, light emerges. Two weeks after celebrating Jesus’ birth, Christians recall the same Spirit moving in the waters of his baptism. Baptism is spiritual transformation, ‘dying to self’ so that ego no longer crowds out our true nature and purpose, which is to bring Light to dark places.  Yesterday, the U.S. President defended his ‘genius’; you cannot bring Light to the world without coming to grips with your ego.  Jesus’ baptism and ours are about just that.

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