The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan is a public manifestation of God the Father’s Beloved Son. Jesus didn’t need to be baptised, but out of a humble example to us all, he allowed John the Baptist to baptise him and in doing so, he made the waters holy symbolising God’s grace for us. This marks the beginning of his public ministry which he prepared for by praying and fasting for 40 days in the desert.
“Repent, Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”, preached John the Baptist, “I baptise you in water for repentance, but the one who comes after me is more powerful than I, and I am not fit to carry his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Mt 3:11
Jesus was immersed in the waters, which is a symbol of immersing himself in his creation, giving himself for our salvation and purification. God the Father proclaimed,
“You are My Son, the beloved; my favour rests on you”,
Lord, this day, we pray for all who have yet to be baptised with your purifying grace. We pray that they may come to know the fullness of your Love and Divine Mercy.
We pray for all who have been baptised, that we may remain in your Love as you remain in us, and by your sanctifying grace we may proclaim your Love and radiate your Love to all we meet.
Today, we renew our baptismal vows, with fervent devotion and consecration we commit our hearts, our minds, our bodies and our souls to you and as you were immersed in the river Jordan, we immerse ourselves in your unfathomable Mercy. AMEN