The feast of the Baptism of the Lord brings to an end the Christmas season. The three events that occurred at the baptism of Jesus are mentioned by all three Synoptic gospels. Of these the third is the climax, in which Jesus is invited by the Father to be both King and Servant: Son and Slave. This paradoxical manifestation then is the focus of the readings and of the Baptism. We are given through our baptism a mission by God Himself, just as Jesus was. Seen in this manner, our baptism is a daily dying and rising to new life. It is a call to respond with LIFE to the numerous deaths that place around us. It is a call to respond with courage and hope to the fear and despair that is around us. It is a doing something every day as a sign of what we have already received.
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