The Baptism of the Lord – January 9

Today is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, when through the descent of a dove – the Holy Spirit, God made manifest that Jesus was his beloved Son, sent for the salvation of the world.

Quote for the day: “…he was not baptized because he needed to be purified, but so that he might bring sanctity to the waters themselves.” —St. Gregory Nazianus

Do you know the date of your own baptism? If not, call the parish where you were welcomed into the Church to find out. Celebrate the baptisms of your children by framing and hanging their baptismal certificates. Spend some time appreciating the voice Jesus heard from the heavens. Understand that the same message is directed to you: “with you I am well pleased.” (Mk 1:11)*

On this Monday we end our journey of revelation and the Christmas season. We have seen the Messiah. We know He came for all people. We are beginning to understand that, as members of His Body, we have a duty to carry on His work. Reflect on the effects of our Baptism and how it calls us to “engage in love-inspired action in the world.”*

(via the USCCB website.)