This is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
We are reminded of how Jesus, being baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist, now begins his earthly ministry.
Baptism, we know, is the first of all the sacraments. In baptism, we begin our own earthly journey of faith in Jesus Christ. We are called in baptism to a life of service and commitment.
Baptism is the gateway to all of the other sacraments that we can receive. The sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist (the Body and Blood of Christ) are the three Sacraments of Initiation. Then we have two sacraments of vocational commitment: Marriage and Holy Orders. Then there are the two sacraments of healing and forgiveness, which are the Sacraments of Reconciliation (Penance) and the Anointing of the Sick.
At every stage of life, the Church provides the sacrament we need to be faithful to Christ.
As we continue to “Courageously Live the Gospel”, let’s remember the importance of the sacraments, especially the Sacrament of Baptism, as we honor Christ’s presence among us.
And let us continue to pray for one another.