It is the conclusion of the Christmas Season and the beginning of Ordinary Time. As we celebrate The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we also mark the transition from Jesus’ private life to that of His public ministry. Just like last Sunday, which was the Epiphany; the Baptism of the Lord is another manifestation announcing Jesus Christ’s divinity to all of His first followers and to the disciples of St. John the Baptist.
In the Gospel today (Mt. 3: 13-17) in all humility, Jesus asked John to baptize him,
Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?” Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”
Jesus didn’t need the baptism of John, as the Baptist pointed out. Jesus didn’t need to repent but He insisted despite John’s resistance. In a way, the Lord want to affirm all that John has said and done in preparing the way of the Lord.
We are again reminded of the Divine origin of Jesus Christ. Since the Old Testament times, prophets have foretold the coming of the Savior. In the First Reading (Is. 42: 1-4, 6-7), the Prophet Isaiah wrote,
is my servant whom I uphold,
my chosen one with whom I am pleased,
upon whom I have put my spirit;
he shall bring forth justice to the nations,
not crying out, not shouting,
not making his voice heard in the street.
a bruised reed he shall not break,
and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,
until he establishes justice on the earth;
the coastlands will wait for his teaching.”
The Ordinary Time in the Liturgical Calendar now commences. We pray that grace and mercy will be given us as we listen and follow Him as God the Father directs us to do:
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Let us pray for guidance, strength and courage as we continue to trek in this New Year.
heavens were opened and the voice of the Father thundered:
This is my beloved Son, listen to Him.” (Mk. 9: 7)