Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

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 “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:

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Our Lord voluntarily submitted himself to the baptism of St. John, intended for sinners, in order to ‘fulfill all righteousness.’ Jesus’ gesture is a manifestation of his self-emptying.  The Spirit who had hovered over the waters of the first creation descended then on the Christ as a prelude of the new creation, and the Father revealed Jesus as his ‘beloved Son.'”

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.

You can read the Readings and Gospel for today’s Mass online at the website of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.  The USCCB also has the Catechism and the whole New American Bible available.

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4 Responses to Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

  1. Brother Paul says:

    Are you really saved? Can you afford to be wrong??? Look at trulysaved.blogspot.com

  2. Nicholas Jagneaux says:

    Brother Paul,

    Thanks for stopping by the blog and leaving a comment. Your comments are welcome.

    I must tell you that this blog is not designed to provide a forum for “arguing” points of faith. There are MANY, MANY great Catholic apologetical sites that do just fine without me trying to butt into their territory.

    Having said that, let me answer your direct question:

    Yes, I am really saved. I have been saved; I am being saved; and my hope in Jesus Christ is that I will be saved.

    No, I cannot (and neither can anyone) afford to be wrong. Which is why I thank Jesus Christ for instituting His Church – the Holy Catholic Church – to guide me through the process of salvation.

    If you would like, I can point you to many great refereces that will fully explain the truth of the Catholic teachings. Just let me know which areas you would like more information about, and I’ll provide the links.

    May God bless you and keep you in His peace.

  3. Brother Paul says:

    Christ said he would build his church upon the faith that Peter confessed in saying that he believed that Christ Jesus was the son of the living God. The church was not built upon the man Peter. The one true church met on Saturday night after sunset according to Jewish reckoning; See Acts 20:7- and following verses. They met on the first day of the week to take the Lord’s Supper. The organization of the true church was a minister, elders, deacons, and members. Each church was autonomous, and had no earthly headquarters. They believed that baptism was for the remission of sins and was essential to salvation as seen in Acts 2:38. Baptism added a person to the church. The true church exists today, but is very hard to find. Many are called but few are chosen. The Truth can be found in the Bible but man has either added to it or taken away from it, and that explains why there are so many different denominations. We are here to find the Truth before we leave this world. Seek and you shall find, and if you really do seek the Truth you will find it.

  4. Nicholas Jagneaux says:

    Brother Paul,

    Thank you for the comments.

    I see that one of your issues is the worship of Our Lord on His day, Sunday.

    I don’t know if you’re a Seventh Day Adventist; however, let me give you a link to a great article to help you see the error of your ways. Please read it carefully – you can’t afford to be wrong.

    http://www.catholic.com/thisrock/1993/9312chap.asp

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