Baptism of Jesus: Washed

Image: Washed © Jan L. Richardson

Reading from the Gospels, Epiphany 1/Baptism of Jesus, Year C: Luke 3.15-17, 21-22

Blessing the Baptism

As if we could call you
anything other than
and blessed

drenched as we are
in our love for you

washed as we are
by our delight in you

born anew as we are
by the grace that flows
from the heart of the one
who bore you to us.

P.S. In my previous reflection on Luke’s account of Jesus’ baptism, I shared Janet Wolf’s story about the baptism of Fayette. If you don’t know the story, please don’t miss it! Fayette’s story continues to bless and haunt me as it challenges me to think about what the sacrament of baptism really means. Click the image or title below to visit that post.

Epiphany 1: Baptized and Beloved

I also have several other reflections and images for the Baptism of Jesus and hope you’ll visit them:

Baptism of Jesus: Following the Flow

Epiphany 1: Take Me to the River

Epiphany 1: Ceremony (with a Side of Cake)


For related artwork, you can find these pieces at the Jan Richardson Images website:

With the Spirit and Fire
With the Spirit and Fire

Baptism of Jesus


And if you don’t know about the new retreat that I recently released for Women’s Christmas 2013, which you can use anytime (not just on Women’s Christmas!), you can read about it and download the retreat as a PDF (at no cost) by visiting the link below. It’s been wonderful to hear from folks who are using it for their personal reflection or with a group.

Wise Women Also Came
Women’s Christmas: The Map You Make Yourself

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3 Responses to “Baptism of Jesus: Washed”

  1. Heather McVoy Says:

    Thank you for all of this, Jan. Your work is become a regular part of my morning reflection and meditation. Fayette’s story will haunt and bless me, too, from now on. And I will carry the poem with me through this day. Love and God bless.

  2. Marcia Meabon Says:

    Ah, the beauty of your art and words continue to bless and delight me whenever I encounter them. Thank you for your willingness to share!

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