Friday, October 15, 2010

Minute Meditations: The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan

When I meditate on the mystery of Jesus' Baptism, I often think of the book of Exodus.  The journey of the Israelites to the Promised Land parallels our lives today.  They first passed through water (the Red Sea), which prefigures Baptism.  Next, they wandered in the desert for 40 years (a generation), which parallels our time on earth.  Only then could they reach the Promised Land, or heaven.  In order to reach the Promised Land, they must cross the Jordan River, led by Joshua.  Joshua is a "Christ figure" who leads the people through the Jordan River, prefiguring the Baptism of Jesus who will lead us to eternal life.

Sadly, few Catholics study the Bible, let alone the Old Testament.  The rewards to those who do are priceless.  The entire Old Testament shouts out that the Savior is coming, but you must study it and reflect on it.  The Rosary Mysteries are a perfect place to start.  Pick up a Scriptural Rosary booklet as a good resource for Old Testament passages that relate to the Rosary mysteries. 

For a more in-depth Bible study, check out The Great Adventure Bible study program.  If you can't find a study group or seminar near you, look into bringing it to your parish.  It literally changed my spiritual life, and I can't recommend this program enough.

Speaking of Bible studies, it was such an honor to be a guest on Marcus Grodi's EWTN Radio program, Deep In Scripture.  We discussed several Bible verses that relate to exercise and healthy eating. I recorded the show on Wednesday in Ohio after filming The Journey Home.  Since the radio program was videotaped in the studio, you can watch/listen at the Deep in Scripture website.  It will be on the main page until the next episode airs on Oct 20th.  After that, you can access it through the archive link on the left side of the page.  The date of the show I recorded is Oct 13th. 

My Journey Home segment will air on Monday, Nov 8th on EWTN.  If you can't catch the show, it will be posted on EWTN's youtube channel.


Anonymous said...

It really is a joy to get beyond the obvious in Rosary meditations. Old Testament references and pre-figures of Christ and Mary are great sources, especially Isaiah's Suffering Servant verses. Thanks for your help, Peggy. The Deep in Scripture interview was so good to see.

Peggy Bowes said...

Thanks for the encouragement! Studying the Old Testament really makes the Gospels so much clearer.