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Thunder at the Jordan?

Canisius | 14 January, 2006 06:35

A beautiful preface from the Ambrosian Missal in vol. 3, p. 232 refers to when God showed himself to us "in the river Jordan by speaking to us from heaven in the voice of thunder." Now this is a reference to the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, but you can search the gospels up and down without finding any reference to thunder at the baptism. What gives?

I suspect that the prayer borrows a description of the Father's voice from John 12:29, where in response to the Father's speaking from heaven some in the crowd say that it had merely thundered. In fact, apart from the naming of the sons of Zebedee as the "sons of thunder" (Mark 3:17), John 12:29 is the only place in the gospels where the word "thunder" occurs.


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