THE BAPTISM OF JESUS
“THE BAPTISM OF JESUS”: LK 3: 15 – 22
The theme today is BAPTISM as EPIPHANY, which involves making something of
somebody known, showing their meaning and purpose. In the baptism of Jesus
by John, we discover who Jesus is:
“This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased” (v 17).
And in hearing that, we recall the words from the prophet Isaiah:
“Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom I delight” (42:1).
And so Jesus in His BAPTISM is: Son, Servant, and Chosen One. It showed that
Jesus was consecrated to God and this marked the beginning of His Messianic
ministry. And in our BAPTISM – whatever year, at whatever font, God has ordained
us as His servants and given us a commission for ministry.
That ministry is to represent Christ and His Church, to bear witness to Him wherever we may be, and according to the gifts He has given us, to carry out Christ’s work, as well as to take our place in the life, work and unity of His Church.
In the baptistry of a Church in Rome there is a fifth century inscription that runs around the room high above the baptismal font. The inscription refers to the baptismal water and reads:
“HERE IS THE SOURCE OF LIFE: WHICH GUSHES FROM THE
WOUND OF CHRIST AND WASHES THE WHOLE UNIVERSE”
OUR BAPTISM can be an EPIPHANY – making God known – only because of our
crucified, resurrected and ascended Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of our
baptismal life. It is in Him that we are children and chosen ones by God.