01.12.14 ~ Feast of the Baptism of the Lord


Mt 3:13 – 17

… Jesus came from Galilee and stood before John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have restrained him; It is I, he said, that ought to be baptized by thee, and dost thou come to me instead? But Jesus answered, Let it be so for the present; it is well that we should thus fulfil all due observance. Then John gave way to him. So Jesus was baptized, and as he came straight up out of the water, suddenly heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God coming down like a dove and resting upon him. And with that, a voice came from heaven, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

In Conversation with God:

The growth the Lord requires of us is unique in that instead of leaving our youth behind us as we do in our natural life, we renew and refresh it… God keeps young those who love Him…

The natural virtues are the ground and foundation of the supernatural. One cannot conceive of a good Christian who is not at once a good parent, a good citizen, a good friend… one’s true human vocation is to be found somehow subsumed within one’s supernatural Christian vocation. When a soul strives to cultivate the human virtues, the heart is already very close to God. The Christians sees that the theological virtues – faith, hope, and charity – and all the other things that bring with them the grace of God, impel him never to be neglectful of the good qualities that he shares with so many other men. 


The Passion, Death, and Resurrection – the Cross – of our Lord are interwoven throughout the Christmas season. The Baptism of Our Lord is another Epiphany, along with the miracle at Cana and the Star. Christ – sinless – did not need to be baptized, but in doing so, made the waters holy because of their contact with His Flesh. The graces of Baptism are five: the remission of all sin, original and actual; the remission of temporal punishment; the infusion of supernatural grace, gifts, and virtues; the conferral of the right to special graces; and the impression of a character on the soul. Baptism marks us with, and enables us to live out, a threefold identity – that we, too, are anointed Priest, Prophet, and King. Whoever clamors for women ‘priests’ etc., misses the fact that we are already anointed priest in baptism, that we are to be administrators of sacrifice – the sacrifice, the offering, of ourselves. We are anointed prophet; we are to announce, to proclaim, the Gospel. And finally, we are anointed king – we are royalty, because we are truly children of God.


… i don’t want to wait until tomorrow to tell you how i’ll feel the rest of my life, you don’t want to waste another minute when you realize, walking on the dark side of the evening, baby, it was you who opened my eyes, burning like a fire on the water in the city of black and white, won’t you just stay…


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