Baptism of the Lord

St. Pius X | News
10 Jan 2014

Today’s celebration of the Baptism of the Lord brings the Christmas season to a close. Matthew’s account of this event in the life of Jesus recounts John the Baptist’s objection, indicating his awareness that Jesus is superior to him. But Jesus insists that he will enter into human life in its fullness, holding no ace up his sleeve. We note what happens at the baptism itself: “The heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’” While it is true that in very significant ways, the baptism of Jesus is different from the baptism we have received, it is also true that in important ways we learn of the sacrament of baptism from the gospel story. In profound ways, the very same realities that unfolded at the Jordan River unfold in the life of every Christian who is baptized—including in you and me. The heavens are torn open: in other words, anything that could separate God from us or us from God is taken away. The Spirit of God comes down to dwell in us, and the Father calls us by name and claims us as his beloved child. What marvels God has wrought!: in Jesus Christ, and through Jesus, in all of us. May we live in the glory of God’s mighty deeds of saving love. One of the ways we can live thus is to reflect upon the mystery of our own baptism, reclaiming every day its blessing, its power, its commitment, reclaiming the relationship it has bestowed upon us with the Trinity, with one another, with all God has made.