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Daily Reflection – 12 Kamál (Perfection)
August 12, 2018 - August 13, 2018
What is the wisdom of this:
since Christ possessed all essential perfection, why did He need baptism?
“The principle of baptism is purification by repentance. John admonished and exhorted the people, and caused them to repent; then he baptized them.
Therefore, it is apparent that this baptism is a symbol of repentance from all sin: its meaning is expressed in these words:
“O God! as my body has become purified and cleansed from physical impurities, in the same way purify and sanctify my spirit from the impurities of the world of nature, which are not worthy of the Threshold of Thy Unity!”
Repentance is the return from disobedience to obedience.
Man, after remoteness and deprivation from God, repents and undergoes purification: and this is a symbol signifying “O God! make my heart good and pure, freed and sanctified from all save Thy love.”
(‘Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 91)