Today we are in a double celebration. On the one hand, the celebration of the baptism of Jesus, which is the open manifestation of his mission and his destiny. On the other hand, the anniversary of the birth of Santa Nazaria.
From the baptism of Jesus, the hallmarks of those who are baptized and immersed in the Spirit of God can be described. Promoting law and justice, defending the oppressed of the earth and always doing good are the marks of God’s servant. These signs shape the deep identity of Christians. Getting baptized is soaking up this style. To be baptized is to be personally linked to Jesus Christ, his mission and his destiny. So through him we make a regenerating investment in the dynamism of his love. It is committing oneself to God’s justice until giving one’s life for others, as Jesus did until the cross. Because being a Christian is more of a mission than a name. (Caritas. Hold out your hand and get involved. Advent and Christmas 20-2021, p. 190. Homily on baptism, Community information website.)
The birth of Nazaria (1889) marks the beginning of a life that knew how to live faith immersed in justice, compassion and dedication to the Father’s project. Without dazzling actions, but in simplicity and humility, silently and daily, living and announcing the Gospel. Like the Servant of Yahweh: who does not shout or shout, and yet is full of strength.