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Monday, January 9, 2006
The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Baptism of Christ by Guido Reni, 1622

Commemoration of the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ (1962 Calendar): January 13

Baptism is such a beautiful gift since it is through baptism that we receive sanctifying grace and are literally part of the Body of Christ. Baptism is the first step to eternal life. Why do Catholics baptize their children quickly after their birth? Because Baptism is the start of eternal life. Those that reject baptism will reject eternal life. We become members of the Church, and the stains of all sins are washed away through the Sacrament of Baptism. To read much more on Baptism, see my post: The Sacrament of Baptism. 

O God, Whose only-begotten Son hath appeared in the substance of our flesh: grant, we beseech Thee, that by Him, in Whom outwardly we recognize our likeness, we may deserve to be inwardly created anew: Who with Thee liveth and reignth.
 Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal, Collect of the Commemoration of the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ (January 13th) 

Meditation on the Baptism of Christ
And Jesus being baptized, forth with came out of the water; and lo, the heavens were opened to Him and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him. And behold a voice from heaven saying, "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased."

Jesus stoops so low as to mingle with the multitude of sinners, and forthwith the heavens are opened to magnify Him — He acknowledges Himself worthy of the strokes of divine justice, and behold, the Father declares that He takes all His delight in Him: Humiliavit semetipsom... propter quod et Deus exaltavit illum.

It is at this moment that the mission of Jesus, as One sent by God, is declared authentic. The Father's testimony accredits, so to speak, His Son before the world, and hence this testimony relates to one of the characters of Christ's work as regards ourselves.

The mission of Jesus has a double aspect: it bears at the same time the character of redemption and of sanctification. It is to redeem souls, and, this done, to infuse life into them. That is the whole work of the Savior.

Christ in His Mysteries by Dom Columba Marmion
Reflection from St. Cyril of Jerusalem
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem (313-350), Bishop of Jerusalem, Doctor of the Church
Baptismal catecheses, no.11

"This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."

Believe in Jesus Christ, Son of the living God but, according to the Gospel, God's only son: "God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life," (Jn 3:16)…

He is Son of God by nature, not by adoption, for he was born of the Father… For the Father, being true God, begot the Son in his own likeness as true God… Christ is son according to nature, a true son not an adopted son as you, the newly baptised, are, now that you become children of God. For you, too, become sons, but by adoption, according to grace, as it is written: "To those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name…" (Jn 1:12). As for us, we have been born of water and the spirit (Jn 3:5) but not in the same way as Christ was begotten of the Father. Because, while he was being baptised, the Father spoke out and said: "This is my Son." He did not say: "This man has now become my Son" but: "This is my Son" so as to show that he was Son even before the moment of baptism.

The Father begot the Son in a different manner than that in which, in our case, the spirit brings forth words. Because the spirit within us subsists, while our words, once they have been spoken and emitted, are dispersed. But we know that Christ has been begotten as Word: not as speech uttered but as subsistent and living, not as spoken and issuing from the lips but as born eternally from the Father in a substantial and ineffable way. For "In the beginning was the Word – God's speech – and the Word was with God, and the Word was God," (Jn 1:1), sitting at his right hand (Ps 110 [109],1). He is that Word who knows the Father's will and carries out all things at his command; the Word who descends and ascends (Eph 4,10)…, the Word who speaks and says: "I tell you what I have seen in the Father's presence," (Jn 8:38), a Word full of authority (cf Mk 1:27) who rules over all, for "the Father has given everything over to the Son," (Jn 3:35).


del_button January 9, 2006 at 1:36 PM
Belinda said...

I Belinda promise to reject Satan, and all his works and empty promises.

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