Water and Baptism
Today we conclude the Christmas season as we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. Tomorrow we begin Ordinary Time, which continues until Ash Wednesday, March 6th. As we celebrate the baptism of Jesus, let us recall the importance of water in the sacrament of baptism. In this initiation sacrament water symbolizes cleansing, through which our sins, including the stain of original sin, is removed. Water also symbolizes new life. Just as the earth needs the rain for new life and growth, so do we in our spiritual life. This begins with the sacrament of baptism and is remembered each time we enter church and bless ourselves with the holy water. That blessing is to recall our baptism and to acknowledge our need to water our faith life if we are to grow.
As you come to church each week to celebrate Sunday Mass, remember this is your time to water and nourish your spiritual life. Hopefully by being attentive to your spiritual life you can grow in your faith and better reflect Jesus Christ in your words and actions. As a result, you could hear these words from today’s Gospel being addressed to you personally, when the Father says: “You are my beloved son/daughter; with you I am well pleased.” May your faith find refreshment within these holy walls and may your lives reflect what you believe and profess. Blessings and peace to you all.