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Vì lỗi kỹ thuật nên số lượng người truy cập sẽ được đếm lại từ tháng 3 ngày 25 năm 2014 và bắt đầu từ con số 1.581.247 (số người truy cập cũ)


Reflection by VũDuy Quang
Through our Baptism, God calls us His beloved ones

This Sunday is "The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord." The Gospel of this Sunday narrates that the Holy Spirit like a dove came upon Jesus after He was baptized by John the Baptist and there was a voice came from God the Father, saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3: 17).

Such voice came from our God, the Father is being said directly and personally to each one of us at our baptism and should remained in us for the rest of our lives because, through our baptism, we participate in the life of Christ living in us. Our values, dignity and identity are came from and based on this voice of God our Father. However, that voice seems to be quenched by many other voices in the society that we are living in.
People living in the society gradually and more likely develop a tendency of believing in other voices in society more than in the voice of God our Father.

The society that we are living in falsely inflate one's ego to the point that makes oneself feel more special and important than others and separated themselves from others. At certain point of their lives, when they climb up to their success, they have tendency to become narcissist. They believe that their values, dignity and identity are came from and based on their money, possession, fame and achievement. When what they HAVE is leaving them, their values, dignity and even their identity also fade away from them. Consequently, they suffer from their low self-esteem and become a victim of self-rejecting.

The Gospel of this Baptism Sunday reminds us that our values, dignity and identity are based on the voice of God our Father, "This is my beloved child, with whom I am well pleased." The life of Christ is lived in us at our baptism. The voice of God the Father said to Jesus at His baptism is also a(n) personal and intimate voice to each one of us at our baptism. That voice has been remained in us forever. Therefore, our values, dignity and identity based on this voice has been lasted forever in spite of many other voices in the society which have distracted us away from this lovely, personal and intimate voice of God our Father.

That lovely voice of God helps us to live truly and fully who we are as God has created us in His image and purpose as unique being—irreplaceable being. Additionally, that lovely voice of God does not make us feel arrogant that we are more special or more important than others. Also, that voice does not cause us to feel that we are less than others.

This lovely voice of God our Father needs to be reminded, re-echoed or rekindled in us often through our prayer life and solitude with God and our solidarity with our brothers and sisters, especially the least of our brothers and sisters in the community such as our children, elders, the poor, the sick, the lonely and the dying.