January 13, 2019 – Thoughts by Rev Kev

Did you Know? The Baptism of Jesus at the Jordan is the anticipation of his baptism of Blood on the cross, and it is the symbol of the entire sacramental activity by which the
Redeemer will bring about the salvation of humanity. This is why this feast has so much meaning for each of us after the Passion, Death and Resurrection! Through the baptism of Christ the whole world is made holy!.
We hear how he wipes out the debt of our sins; we will all be purified by water and the Holy Spirit. For this reason there is a strict relationship between the Baptism of Christ and our baptism. At the Jordan the heavens open to indicate that the Savior has opened the way of salvation and we can travel it thanks to our own new birth of water and Spirit accomplished in Baptism. In it we are inserted into the Mystical Body of Christ that is the Church we die and rise with him, we are clothed with him as the Apostle Paul often emphasized The commitment that springs from Baptism is there-for listen to Jesus to believe in him and gently follow him doing his will. The priest reminds us of the History of Salvation of Baptism and clearly helps connect Christ Baptism to his Death in these words: Your Son willed that water and blood should flow from his side as he hung upon the cross. After his resurrection he told his disciples: “Go out and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Father, look now with love upon your church, and unseal for her the foundation of baptism.
With this in mind we are reminded by Saint Irenaeus who said that in so many ways God trains us and the entire human race to take part in the harmonious song of salvation. We are to understand that only life can drive our darkness, so carry this joy of your Baptism candle as we are to walk always as children of the light! May we continue on that same path that we may pass thought the shadows of this world and reach the
brightness of our eternal home.

Comments are closed.