Christ's Baptism and Ours

Christ's Baptism and Ours

Welcome Blog guests!  In this week's blog, our Fr. Thomas takes up for us the essential unity between Christ’s Baptism in the Jordan and our own:

"We more fully comprehend the Baptism of Christ and our own baptism as a magnificent and new revelation when they are viewed in conjunction with the baptism of John the Baptist.  John was sent by God to prepare for the arrival of Christ. His baptism was a call to conversion, that is, a turning away from sin and orienting oneself towards God by a good life style, living faithfully according to one’s responsibilities in life.

Jesus’ Baptism is somewhat different. The heavens open and there is a revelation of the Father and Holy Spirit, and Jesus himself is called by His Father, ‘My Beloved Son.’  A magnificent and new revelation: God as Trinity!  St. Paul reminds us that we are baptized into Christ Jesus.  That is, we are baptized into His vocation and this Trinitarian revelation. By our baptism we are grasped by God, as distinct from orienting ourselves to God. We are clothed with the vocation of Christ to be a light to all people, and in a real yet figurative way, to open the eyes of the blind, to free those who are held captive in any manner whatsoever, and to free them specially from any form of darkness.

Our vocation in Christ is to be “this” for other persons. As Christ delineated his own vocation, revealing the Father’s love, in the Gospel of Luke: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me for He has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor, to heal the contrite persons in their hearts, to proclaim liberty for captives, to give sight to the blind, to give freedom to those who are broken down in anyway, and the announce the jubilee year and Day of the Lord, moments of liberation. Living and proclaiming in any way we possibly can this “Kingdom of God’ or the “Reign of God” is our majestic vocation for we are baptized into Christ."