The Feast of the Baptism of our Lord

St. Pius X | News
10 Jan 2020

A solemn moment in the history of salvation is recorded with the incredible scene of Jesus joining the queue of sinners who flocked to the banks of the Jordan to be baptized by John. He had arrived to leave behind the private life at Nazareth and begin his public ministry. Not surprisingly, John was slightly hesitant at the approach of the sinless one but when Jesus emerged from the waters, the heavens were a blaze of glory as they echoed God the Father’s voice, “This is my son, the beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” Christ’s baptism was a statement not only that God’s approval was with him in a special way but also of his eagerness to start telling the world openly of its need for redemption. By accepting baptism, Jesus was committing himself to the work of taking away the sins of the world.  Today’s feast is a powerful reminder of the vocation to which we are called.  It recalls our own baptism in consecrated waters which cleansed our souls from the state of sin and was the beginning of our relationship with God.  Like Christ we have been chosen for a mission in the world of our time. The carrying out of that mission will only be possible if we are prepared to live in accordance with God’s will.  The truth is baptism is not over and done with when the priest pours water over our head and the sacred ceremony is completed.  The sacrament is the planting of the seed of Christian life which grows and bears fruit as we develop our relationship with God.  The start of this new year provides us with an opportunity to review our commitment to Christ and reflect on our calling as a member of God’s family, by being a witness to Christ in our own sphere of living and to make the world a better place by our presence