Baptism of the Lord

The Feast of the Lord's Baptism
Gospel: Lk. 3: 15 -16, 21 - 22
Cycle C

Baptism from the Catechism of the Catholic Church came from the Greek word baptizein which means to plunge or to immerse. To plunge into the waters of baptism means to enter into the death of our lives so that we can rise to new life in Christ.

Christ entered the world of baptism not because he needed to be baptized, but to set an example for us to enter into God's world through total obedience, to be "immersed" in His world and plan of salvation.

The question to ask is: How have we nourished the gift of baptism given to us?

As adults, we should know by now that we all belong to God, we are taken out of the world of sinfulness into grace. We should not give ourselves any excuse to remain in darkness.

Second, we have to build and strengthen this gift by constantly tuning ourselves to God's world. Catechism is not just for children; we should engage ourselves in knowing God's will in the course of our whole lives on earth.

Third, we are immersed now in a new world together with God's children, the Church. We should realize to put our faith in action through being "Church". We are the people called by God, the body of Christ, and the temple of the Holy Spirit. Let us multiply every good work borne as a concrete response to the call of a deeper faith. Let us show others that being Church could be the greatest thing that happened to our lives, because it is the result of the loving relationship between God and man.