The Baptism of the Lord in the Jordan begins the reflection of the great mystery which is incarnated through the Gospels and sacramentalized through the Church. It connects us with our own Baptism and our responsibility to announce and witness the mission of the Son of God.
The living water of baptism initiates the soul into the family of God and establishes a common goal, which is eternal life in Him.
The Gospel, spoken today, in every church, in every city across the world announces with great joy that this Jesus Who we behold on our Altar is indeed “my beloved Son;
in Whom I am well pleased.”
Because of our baptism, we are a changed people. Our human life, in spite of our sinfulness, no longer wallows in darkness, hopelessness and self-pity, rather it flies freely within the warm light of peace hope and charity that the Son of Man brings to this Church at this moment in our history.
We should sing of the greatness of each human being, of his or her dignity in the family of the Trinity and of the unconditional love God has for us, His children.
This indeed is the Good News. Let us in these next few months reflect seriously on the public ministry that is announced today. Let us find Christ in new ways, especially through the mysteries of the Rosary, and let us open our hearts to a clearer and more pronounced understanding of the mystery laid before us.
“Go up on to a high mountain,Zion, herald of glad tidings;
cry out at the top of your voice,Jerusalem, herald of good news!Fear not to cry outand say to the cities of Judah:
Here is your God!”