Sunday, 12 January 2014
Feast of the Baptism of our Lord
This weekend, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord and the end of the Christmas season. Now it may seem that Christ, a sinless being, submitting himself to St. John the Baptist, and being baptized by water in the river Jordan, though he had no need of it. He did it as an example for the rest of in the years to follow. If we must enter into the family of God, we all must avail ourselves to the very first Sacrament and that is, the Sacrament of Baptism to cleanse ourselves from original sin. This Baptism (by water) is usually done at infant stages and it is the first step in the Sacraments of Initiation. The other steps include the Sacrament of First Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is on this occasion where we see the Trinity intervening, where Christ the Son, submerges himself into the waters of Life and God the Father, announces 'This is my Son, the Beloved, my favor rests on him' and finally, the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, rests upon Jesus after raising from the waters.
As we contemplate on our very own Baptism, let us be mindful that the grace of the Sacrament of Baptism is indelible. May the waters of life continue to cleanse us.