“The Heavens Were Opened”
Jesus’ baptism somehow prompted an amazing representation of the thing about which Jesus’ life in its entirety was about: the barrier between heaven and earth was penetrated and the way from heaven to earth and from earth to heaven was opened.
Perhaps when we are baptized, when we enter into the thing about which Jesus’ life was about, we have a similar experience.
O God, we praise you because in Jesus you brought heaven to earth and made it possible for earth to experience heaven.
O God, increase our awareness—or maybe just begin our awareness—of the way in which the heavens have been opened to us through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Make us so heavenly minded that we will be good for something on earth.
“And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him” (Matthew 3:16).