The Baptism of
the Lord is the name of a feast day observed in the Roman Catholic
Church and in the Anglican (Episcopalian) Church. The feast commemorates
the baptism of Jesus by St. John the Baptist.
God the Father attests to the
divinity of the Son at the moment of his baptism in the waters of the
Jordan and, by this means, Jesus "manifested his glory, and his
disciples believed in him." (Jn 2:11) Jesus is Messiah.
Jesus after his own baptism was at prayer, heaven opened and the Holy
Spirit descended on him in bodily shape like a dove."
"You are my Son the Beloved"
Today, we are asked to reflect on
the baptism of Christ in the Jordan and on our own baptism too. The
baptism of Jesus was no ordinary event. It was the beginning of his
public ministry among us. God was with his Son Jesus in power, and made
it known that Jesus was his specially chosen witness on earth.