Today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. This day marks the end of Jesus’ private life and the beginning of His public ministry. On the River Jordan, Jesus allowed Himself to be baptized with water by Saint John the Baptist. As Jesus came out of the water, the Holy Spirit descended like a dove, hovering over Jesus’ head, with the Father’s voice resounding “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matt 3:17). God the Father makes this declarative statement, clearly articulating that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The second half of the commentary is an expression of the Father’s love for His Son. Jesus is Our God, and He is loved by the Father in union with the Holy Spirit – Trinitarian Love expressed at the Baptism of Our Lord.
Correlation to Our Own Baptism
We experienced that same Trinitarian love when we were baptized. The Father welcomed us into his family as an adopted son or daughter. The Holy Spirit descended into our midst, at our Baptism, to wash away our Original Sin and sanctify us. Jesus accepted the mantle as our personal Savior and Redeemer. All of this done out of love by God for each one of us.
At our own Baptism, God the Father not only recognized each of us as his own adopted son or daughter, but He was also well pleased with us, for we were in a state of sanctifying grace. Yet, unlike Jesus, we have concupiscence (the tendency to sin). When we sin, we turn away from God. We turn toward vice.
On this day, remember not only the Baptism of the Lord, but also give thanks for your own Baptism and acceptance as God’s adopted child. Thank the Holy Spirit for cleansing you of your Original Sin. Thank Jesus for being your personal Savior and Redeemer. Ask God for His mercy and forgiveness for your sins. Turn away from vice. Turn toward Christ and His virtues.