“As soon as Jesus was baptised, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.”

My Friends! Welcome to the return of Contemplative at Home. I’m very excited to be sharing this first-of-many recording with you. My intention is to publish a weekly episode until July, and then see where the road takes us.

Meditating on Matthew 3:13-17, we are reminded that Jesus’ transition from the Hidden Life to public ministry was marked by his baptism, going down into the water to signify a change, a new beginning. John hesitates to baptize Jesus (I need to be baptized by you!), but much like the footwashing at the end of his ministry, Jesus insists that this is the appropriate allocation of roles. Find your favourite spot for prayer, grab your journal, and sit deeply with the yourself and the Lord for 20 minutes. May it be a blessing to you.

Contemplative at Home offers a guided prayer experience drawing on Ignatian spirituality and Lectio Divina.

Matthew 3:13-17 is read from the NRSV

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There’s a lot of Baptism art out there! Here are a few pieces which draw me in:

Dave Zelenka

Icon written by Amanda de Pulford

James Tissot

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