Reflection Jan 2020
At the Epiphany story, the Magi looked for the Baby Jesus after seeing his star at its rising. A star gives light to the world as it did to the Magi who found their way to the place where Baby Jesus was born.
Our Lord’s baptism is part of the Epiphany cycle because it is a significant manifestation of His person. Jesus appears to John at the Jordan to be baptized thus connecting the event to the star’s appearance in the story of the Magi.
There is a twofold dimension to Jesus’ baptism: first it declares who He is—Son of God. Secondly, it declares His mission. Similarly our own baptism is also twofold: it proclaims publicly our new identity as children of God and members of the Church. Secondly, we are also empowered by the Holy Spirit to do good works as Jesus did, doing the Father’s will in obedience and holiness.
At our baptism, the father lights a candle from the Easter candle which symbolizes Christ so that we should walk as a child of the light. Jesus Himself is the Light of the World who is to be our model. May our baptism allow us to be faithful to our appointment to the Christian vocation to serve God humbly by offering our time, talent and treasures especially to the lost, the least and the last.