Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
“16 And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened * and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; 17* and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, * with whom I am well pleased.” (Matt 3:16-17)
Today the Church celebrates one of the most important events in the life of Jesus: his baptism in the Jordan River. The baptism is related to the feast we celebrated just last weekend – the Feast of the Epiphany.
Like the Feast of the Epiphany – when the Son of God was made manifest to the Magi – the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a manifestation of the divinity of Jesus.
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church says:
It is at the event whose feast we celebrate today that God the Father announces to the world the Jesus is indeed his Son. At the same time, the Holy Spirit makes an appearance in the form of a dove. Although the term Trinity does not appear in the Bible, in this passage we see part of the scriptural groundwork for that theological Truth.