The month of February is named after the Roman festival of purification called Februa, during which people were ritually washed.
In January, we got rid of our bad habits, February reminds us that we should be cleansed; cleansed of all things that take life away from us and in their place, fill us with the love of God.
February and cleansing remind us of baptisms and the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan by his cousin John, whose raisin d’être was to highlight Jesus’ coming, knowing that his role was to become less as Jesus’ became more. Jesus did not need to be baptised and yet he chose to be at one with humanity.
So let us remember our baptismal promises:
Do you believe and trust in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, maker of heaven and earth, giver of life, redeemer of the world?
Do you repent of your sins, turn away from evil, and turn to Christ?
Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord?
Fun fact: By the number of words, the shortest book in the Bible is the third letter of John. But by the number of verses, the shortest book is the second letter of John. The longest book is the book of Psalms.
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Rev'd Martin Wheadon