The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which marks the end of the Christmas Season. In the Gospel reading below, we read of the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus and a voice coming from heaven, saying: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

As we read of this wondrous occasion following Jesus’ baptism, we are reminded of our own baptism when we began our journey as people of the light and followers of Jesus. As baptized people, we are called to live out our baptismal promises by listening to Jesus, the “beloved son” and giving of ourselves for the good of others.

Gospel Luke 3: 15-16, 21-21
The people were filled with expectation,
and all were asking in their hearts
whether John might be the Christ.
John answered them all, saying,
“I am baptizing you with water,
but one mightier than I is coming.
I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

After all the people had been baptized
and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying,
heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him
in bodily form like a dove.
And a voice came from heaven,
“You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well pleased.”