The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:13-17)
This Sunday we celebrate feast of The Baptism of the Lord. Baptism is the first Sacrament of the Church, our entry-point into the Christian Life. Just as the Ancient Israelites entered the Promised Land by passing through the waters of the Jordan River, Jesus entered into his public ministry as Lord and Messiah through his Baptism in the same Jordan River.
As followers of Christ who have pledged to Know, Love, and Serve Jesus, we follow his example. Like Him, our own ministry begins with our baptism. The Christian life starts out in water, just as God’s breath went out over the primordial waters of Chaos at the beginning of creation. Even our lives began in water in our mothers’ wombs. Water is life and for the Baptized it is the source of our new life in Christ Jesus. Through Baptism we are delivered and sealed as Christ’s own forever. Baptism is our entry into the Body of Christ, the Church and the gateway to Eucharist and the other Sacramental Rites.
This Sunday we will celebrate with our soon-to-be newest sister in Christ, Kathy Yarbrough, as she commits her life to Jesus in the sacred waters of Baptism. Please join us and welcome her into the community of the baptized and her new life in Christ with us… a joyous moment for the saints of God. Kathy just completed the Catechumenate in preparation for this Sunday. The Catechumenate is a course of study that prepares seekers for their new birth in Christ.
A session of the Catechumenate will begin soon, on February 16, 2020. Call the office for more information or see the details in the Sunday Bulletin. All seeking Baptism at Easter, and Confirmation or reception when Bishop Reddall visits us in April, must complete this course of study. Anyone who is already baptized and confirmed but desires to know more about theology and Church history is also welcome to join and deepen their understanding of the faith we have been given.
Pax et Bonum,