Reflection for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

St. Pius X | News
9 Jan 2021

Today we have Jesus being baptized in the Jordan by John the Baptist.  The baptism of Jesus naturally makes us think of our own baptism.  Christ’s baptism was not just an isolated event in his own life, it was the beginning of a new era in God’s relationship with the human race and has implications for us all, as it affects each of us at the deepest and most personal level.  At baptism, the spirit of God takes possession of us in a very special way, to direct and guide us in the footsteps of Christ.  Baptism unites us with Jesus in the most intimate manner, bringing us into the family of God with the right to call God our Father.  Even though most of us were baptized when we were a few days old, our baptism is not merely an event of the past, it is an ever present reality, a constant sharing in the divine life of the Risen Christ.  It is a daily invitation to come closer to God and to be helpers in his work of saving the world.  We are called to be servants of God in our own sphere of living and to make the world a better place.  In our everyday lives we may not have the ability to do great things but we have the power to do good things.  We are told that Jesus went about doing good.  What a beautiful way for us to make a public statement about our faith.  Through good works each of us, in our own way, completes the mission which Christ began after his baptism.  It is a day to ask ourselves if we are being true to the direction in which our lives were pointed at our baptism.