The Baptism of the Lord

Today the Catholic Church celebrates the Baptism of the Lord. Jesus goes down to the Jordan, where John the Baptist is baptizing people for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus, sinless, has no need to be baptized, yet he submits to it anyway. After he does, “he saw the heavens being torn open adn the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

Jesus’ baptism is considered by many to be the source of our sacrament of Baptism. St. Paul says that at our baptism, we are baptized into Christ. When we are baptized into Christ, we receive the same Spirit who descended upon Jesus from heaven. And just as God declared Jesus to be His beloved son, we become beloved sons and daughters at Baptism. Thus we too can hear God say to us, “You are my beloved; with you I am well pleased.”