The Baptism of Jesus

Baptism-of-JesusWhat makes the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord so distinctive as we reflected upon the gospel for yesterday?  As we contemplate the gospel yesterday it reminds us about our Baptism.  We were drawn in the water not just to be welcomed as a member of Christian community through this ritual, but also it encourages us to be sharers of Christ’s mission.  In addition, our baptism in line with Christ’s Baptism symbolizes new life and death to sin.  So, we were baptized in order for us to experience and be assured of life that comes from the salvific action of Christ’s love and the capacity to conquer the pangs of sin through repentance.  Hence, this two-fold characteristic that blends into one saving grace underscores Jesus’ solidarity with sinful humanity and his willingness to suffer with humanity so that he can transform humanity.  Thus, this profound explanation about Jesus’ Baptism is an invitation for all of us to ‘be like Him’; willing and ready to partake with the sinful humanity without any biases at all except love, mercy, and compassion.  So, we were not just baptized for the sake of following a ritual, rather we were baptized in order to participate in the program of Christ’s mission, i.e. to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to bring sight and light to those who are blinded by the darkness of sin and confusion, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim the year acceptable to the Lord (Luke 4:18-19)       

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