Today’s Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus, according to the Norms for the Liturgical Calendar of the Catholic Church, is the conclusion of the Christmas season. We move pretty quickly from celebrating and reveling in the Nativity of our Lord and Savior to this event which, as the Gospels relate, becomes the manifestation of Jesus’ public ministry. As such, today’s feast is also a good opportunity for each of us to look at how Christ is manifested in our lives in our service to others and in our commitment to living the Gospel.
Megan McKenna, a Catholic theologian from New York City, once wrote: “God has been interested in only one thing for us since the beginning: in making us children of mercy and blessing.” Questions then that each of us might reflect upon could be: “How is it that I manifest Christ each day?” “What area of ministry in my parish can I become part of to better serve Christ in others?” “Am I fully engaged in living the virtues of the Gospel that, in turn, manifest the fruits of the Holy Spirit?”
In the Gospel for today’s feast we will hear the Father of Jesus proclaim: You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well pleased. (Lk 3:22) Our God wants to be able to say this about each one of us, His sons and daughters, adopted into His Son by Baptism. I pray that each of you will be open to the Spirit of God moving in you that will assist you in actively living the Gospel each day.