Categories: General Date: Jan 4, 2018 Title: The Baptism of the Lord
On Monday, January 8, the Church marks the end of the Christmas season with the celebration of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
Over the season of Christmas, the Church celebrates three feasts which mark the revelation of God to humanity: Christmas as the Incarnation of God, Epiphany as the revelation of God to the Gentiles through the visitation of the Magi and the Baptism of Jesus as the revelation of the Trinity (Jesus Son of God present at the baptism, the descent of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove and the voice of God the Father announcing that this was His Son in whom He was well pleased).
On the surface, the Baptism of the Lord seems like an odd feast. The Church teaches that the sacrament of Baptism is necessary for the remission of sins, most particularly Original Sin. Yet, Jesus was born free from sin and lived His entire life without sinning. So, unlike the rest of humanity, Jesus had no need of Baptism. Why, then, was He baptized?
The fact that Jesus allowed John to baptize Him, even though He was sinless, reveals two things. First, it shows that Jesus takes our sins upon Himself. Second, it shows that Jesus understands His baptism as an anticipation of His Passion and Resurrection. (Taken from the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Click here to read what the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches about the Baptism of Jesus.